The coronavirus pandemic has caused the most substantial economic rift to the U.S. economy since the Great Recession of 2008. Due to quarantining policies and business shutdowns, the nation’s unemployment rate reached a staggering 14.4% in April 2020, according to Pew Research.
Reminders to wash our hands, to keep social distance, and to avoid sneezing and coughing in public have become an almost daily occurrence in the media. But physical health is not our only concern in the face of stock market plunges, rising unemployment, and forced business closures.
In light of Hurricane Florence’s recent landfall in the Carolinas, it’s important to consider how natural disasters can impact your financial situation. Despite the emphasis placed on planning for an emergency in schools and throughout the media, many Americans remain unprepared and without a solid financial plan.
From the mundane to the catastrophic, there’s never a good time for a financial emergency. The funny thing about these emergencies, though, is the fact that they’re never surprising at the core; they’re all inevitable at some time or another, but few are prepared when it happens to them. Continue reading