Are You Ready for Natural Disasters?
No one can know when the next natural disaster will strike. We have more warning today than people ever have and even with the early warning systems, some things just can’t be predicted.
Early warnings when you get them still only give you minutes or hours to prepare. Thinking ahead of what could happen where you live and knowing what you need to do to stay safe can make the difference between safety and harm.
With that in mind, the excerpt below gives you some guidance on developing safe points in your household for unexpected natural disasters.
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Surviving a natural disaster with safe points in your household may vary depending upon the region of the country that you reside in. For example, along the West Coast United States earthquakes are the most common natural disaster, while throughout the Central and Midwest United States, tornadoes are most common, and along the East Coast hurricanes are more frequent. These regions however, are not just limited to these types of natural disasters. So it is important to be aware and to prepare for surviving a natural disaster of any type with safe points in your household.
Earthquakes have the ability to level buildings if high enough on the Richter scale. However, because of this architects have designed modern homes and buildings with focal points that provide protection from falling debris and structural damage in case such an event occurs. Doorways and entryways make excellent areas to be during an earthquake as well as underneath large tables and in the middle of the room away from windows that may shatter or objects that may fall off of or away from the walls
Where tornadoes are frequent, such as “Tornado Alley”, storm shelters and storm cellars are already in place. However, in case one is not accessible the safest points within the household to survive this natural disaster are the basement and bathtub. The basement provides protection from the house uprooting as most basements are already underground as well as a bathtub is built into the frame of the home allowing some of the most protection from natural disasters that threaten to demolish or partially demolish the home. – via Survival Life
Developing Your Plan
Some natural disasters last only minutes while some like hurricanes can literally go on for days. No matter how long the event lasts, often surviving the days after a natural disaster are just as challenging in different ways. Developing a plan to take you and your family through the possible situations that could arise in your area and keep you safe and fed after a disaster is smart and worth the time and money. Here are a few things to consider when setting up your own natural disaster plan.
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Write a Plan
Having a plan of attack when a disaster strikes is one of the best and most basic precautions you can take to make sure both you and your family are properly briefed and prepared for when a disaster strikes. Ready.gov has an excellent checklist and template to base your own plan off of. You can also check the BE(Prepared) guide which has a lot of great tips on getting you thinking about what is and what is not important when a disaster strikes.
Be Device Ready
Relying on air sirens generally means you are waiting until the final moments to receive warning of an impending disaster. To give yourself more time and a head start on anything dangerous coming your way, consider signing up for disaster alerts both on your home computer and your smart phone. There are a variety of apps and programs like these and most are free of charge. Take a look at the Pacific Disaster Center’s app for iOS and Android.
Red Cross’ ‘Safe and Well’ Listings
When a disaster strikes it can often be quite chaotic to try in get in touch with loved ones and family, especially if they reside out of state. To help make this easier, the Red Cross has created their “Safe and Well Listings”. This portion of their website acts as a central hub for people in a disaster area to record their current status so that others can check in and know that they are safe and being taken care of.
Know Your Supply Bag
In this day and age, it is unlikely that a natural disaster would cut off your food and water supply for weeks on end. But, just because this remains unlikely you should still prepare for the unknown. There are a host of how-to guides and “what to pack” in your bug out bag guides out on the net. Make sure you have things like matches, candles and a basic first aid kit in stow. FEMA has a great guide on putting together a supply bag …
– via Survivalist Prepper
What type of natural disasters are possible in your area? Have you developed your disaster plan?