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September is National Preparedness Month, which raises awareness about the importance of preparing for disasters and emergencies that could happen at any time. This collection of articles will help insurance professionals and their clients mitigate exposures and understand what to do before and after a disaster.

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Fire consumes homes as the Sugar Fire, part of the Beckwourth Complex Fire, tears through Doyle, Calif., on Saturday, July 10, 2021. (Photo: Noah Berger/AP)

To say that the designated fire season time of the year is limited to just the summer months wouldn’t be accurate. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, today’s wildfire “season” has unfortunately become an all-season, year-round event.

In 2020, due to extremely dry conditions and unusually warm temperatures across much of the country, the nation experienced significant climate anomalies. In fact, last year was the warmest year on record in the U.S. As a result, the nation had one of the most active wildfire seasons to date, burning nearly 10.3 million acres — the largest acreage consumed by fire in the U.S. since 2000 — and exceeding the 2000-2010 average by 51%, according to the National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration.

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