One of the most effective means of protection is to take steps to make your home and your house-hold safe from the potential effects of disaster like floods, tornadoes, hurricanes and earthquakes. This is called mitigation.
Ideally, mitigation measures are implemented before disaster strikes since they can help protect your household as well as your property. However, even after a disaster strikes, actions can be taken to avoid or reduce the impact of the next disaster.
Visit Ready.gov for more information on disaster mitigation.