Whether a tornado, hurricane, tsunami, earthquake, or just a minor fire accident, disasters bring about unpleasant consequences. Every year, millions of lives are lost to natural calamities. And while there is no full-proof guarantee that you will be untouchable, some measures can be taken to intensify your safety. When they occur, natural disasters are challenging to recover from. But with the following measures, you can significantly reduce their impact and consequently boost your chances of survival.
Devise an emergency strategy and make sure your family knows it
No one wants to be caught in such a potentially hazardous and extreme situation. But if the unimaginable does occur, having a solid plan comes in handy. Knowing what to do in such circumstances could make all the difference. It’s, therefore, necessary that you work out an escape plan, essentially the fastest, should such uncertainties happen. Keeping your gas tank full, having an alternative means of communication or a safe place to meet at such times can be ideal.
Teach your family as many warning signs as possible
We all know that we should prepare for the unexpected. But does your family know what signs predict what calamities? Well, the first step in preparing for natural catastrophes is to understand severe weather patterns. It’s a necessary precaution for you and your children to learn to interpret specific weather signs. Understand different signs and terms your local news agency may use as warnings ahead of time. You can also teach your kids what to do in these particular circumstances.
Prepare the area surrounding your home
While a safe place for you and your family may be a basement room, closet or bathroom, you should also ensure to prepare the surrounding areas. Otherwise, during earthquakes, dead trees and branches around your home could fall on your roof posing a danger. Similarly, in the event of floods or heavy rains, you might end up putting your lives at risk unless you have sump pumps. Fortunately, there are a couple of ways you can do this before disaster strikes. For example, you can occasionally clear or trim dead trees and branches, clear drains and gutters or fit shutters on your windows for optimum safety.
Take advantage of technology and prepare a disaster management kit
Thanks to technology, your handset can be quite useful in disaster management. According to Federal Emergency Management Agencies, phones are great ways to be in contact and stay updated. Therefore, you should acquire extra batteries or a solar-powered charger as a safety measure. Also, ensure to keep your sensitive documents safely. And above all, built and maintain a disaster supply kit to keep on hand should it be needed.
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Disasters can be fatal. That’s why emergency management facilities send out severe warnings ahead of time to protect the lives of our children, homes, businesses, and communities. We also know to stay inside during such uncertainties. But with the above measures, you can be sure to have reduced their impact substantially.