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Natural disasters affect the lives of hundreds of thousands of people each year. Within minutes, a natural or accidental disaster can tear apart a community, and change the lives of its residents forever. It is vital to understand what to do before and after a disaster strikes so that we can significantly reduce injuries, deaths and property damage.

The 10 most costly natural disasters ever in the United States have all happened within the past 10 years. Many scientists believe we're entering a weather cycle that will give us even more violent storms, making the likelihood of a disaster even greater. By 2010, more people will be vulnerable in coastal areas because about 74 percent of the U.S. population will live there. Scientific evidence shows that the frequency and intensity of storms may be affected by variations in climate. For example, 1998's El Niņo split the jet stream and changed normal storm patterns.

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mission statement

"Hands 4 Hope is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization focused on supplying educational resources to help aid people suffering from adversity and hardships in areas of disaster. We supply support and assistance to those in need, helping to rebuild their schools, communities and lives."

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