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Meet Catherine Hooper
Black Umbrella

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, as I watched so many struggling people attempt to find safety in New Orleans, I kept thinking: “every person in America should have a back-up plan for safety, shelter, and connecting with loved ones.” And as a New York City resident, worker, and new mom, I was frustrated that I didn’t have a plan for my household!  Attempting to develop my family’s own Emergency/Safety Plan became a years-long research project.

The set of best practices I developed for my own family deserves to be shared.  If you don’t have an actionable Emergency/Safety Plan for your family, consider working with one of our tactical specialists.  Semper paratus is our signature at Black Umbrella, and it means: always prepared.

Black Umbrella has compiled information from hundreds of books, courses, resources, and individual insights from survivors into a set of action modules that your family performs at home with the assistance of one of our specialists to create a simple and effective plan that even your children can follow.

Our certified and bonded tactical specialists share my dedication in assisting you to create plans that best protect your family in your unique circumstances.  If you are, like me, a parent who takes pride in having thought of everything for your children – commit yourself to making your Emergency/Safety Plan a top priority.  Black Umbrella can help you achieve that goal.

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