From Florida hurricanes to California wildfires, these events are reminders of the need to have a family natural disaster plan in place, no matter where you live. The following steps will help you be prepared for an evacuation due to fire or flooding, whether the source is environmental or starts in your own home. Start…  read on >

(HealthDay News) — Just because a hurricane passes your area doesn’t mean the worst isn’t yet to come, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. To stay safe in the aftermath of a hurricane, the CDC suggests: If the power is out, use flashlights instead of candles. Do not use any wet electrical…  read on >

(HealthDay News) — Cold temperatures can be unpleasant, even for healthy people. But for those with cold intolerance, cold temperatures can be quite uncomfortable. MedlinePlus mentions these potential triggers of cold intolerance: Anemia. Anorexia nervosa. Blood vessel problems. Chronic illness. General poor health. Underactive thyroid. Brain problems. If you have long-term or severe intolerance to…  read on >

(HealthDay News) — An important part of hurricane readiness is collecting supplies that will help keep your family safe, says the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Before a hurricane, the CDC suggests that you: Prepare an emergency water supply. Prepare emergency food and medicine supplies. Gather a flashlight and first aid kit. Gather…  read on >

(HealthDay News) — Job loss, promotion, a transfer and other life changes can force families to move. For children, a move can be stressful and accentuate negative aspects of their personalities, says the American Academy of Pediatrics. To help a child adjust to a move, the academy encourages parents to: Emphasize the positive aspects of…  read on >

(HealthDay News) — Cholera causes 95,000 deaths around the world each year, says the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. All travelers and residents in areas where cholera is occurring should take precautions to protect themselves and family members. To avoid contracting cholera, the CDC recommends: Drink and use safe water. Wash your hands…  read on >

When severe storms or hurricanes like Dorian sweep through communities with high winds and flooding, they can leave more than physical damage in their wake. New research suggests that dealing with the aftermath — which can include a damaged home and property — puts people at high risk for depression, anxiety and other mental health…  read on >

As Hurricane Dorian rolls up the southeastern coast of the United States, most in its path worry about having enough water, food and batteries to ride the storm out. But the American Heart Association (AHA) warns that the high stress and trauma of such an event can also trigger heart trouble, especially among heart disease…  read on >

With category 3 Hurricane Dorian ravaging the Bahamas as it lumbers toward the east coast of Florida,the National Safety Council offered anyone in its path steps to stay safe. First, the council urges residents to monitor Dorian’s progress and heed government warnings. It’s vital to take a look at safety procedures you’ll need during any…  read on >