A disaster anywhere but where you live is nature's way of asking you how that emergency response plan is coming along. With the landslide in Washington, a severe storm in eastern Canada, and an earthquake in Los Angeles last night, it's about time to consider your local hazards and prepare appropriately.

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The US Geological Survey has an entire education program about natural hazards, while the Federal Emergency Management Agency will take you through the steps to prepare before a disaster.

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