What To Do When Natural Disasters Strike
Are you fully prepared in the event of a natural disaster?
Our lives can quickly turn upside down when a natural disaster strikes. Whether it’s an earthquake, a wildfire, tsunami, a hurricane, a tornado, or a volcanic eruption, your best defense against these natural disasters is to fully prepared for them. You need to have a solid plan and the right knowledge on what to do in case natural disasters strike.
What To Know Ahead Of Natural Disaster
- Learn all your evacuation routes. Get in touch with the local authorities to know about the designated evacuation sites in the event of a natural disaster.
- Create an emergency plan for your family. Create an emergency plan for your family and make sure that you tell them about it. Tell them everything that should be done in the event of a natural disaster, especially your children.
- Prepare an emergency survival kit. Your emergency survival kit must include food and water supply, first aid kit, medicines, radio, flashlights, blankets, and extra clothes.
- Keep your car filled. Since you are most likely to use your vehicle or any other vehicle to evacuate your area, it’s wise to keep its tank full all the time because you’ll never know when natural disasters may strike.
Steps to Take Against Different Kinds of A Natural Disaster
- Earthquake. When an earthquake strikes, drop to the ground immediately, take cover under the nearest shelter to you and then hold on until the field stops shaking. Once the quake is over, evacuate immediately by following the instructions and orders given by the local authorities. It is also the perfect time for you to initiate your family’s emergency plan.
- Volcanic Eruption. If you are within the vicinity of the volcanic eruption, evacuate immediately as soon as the local authorities have given the order to do so.
- Wildfire. If your house locates nearby forest fire, initiate your family’s emergency evacuation plan immediately and make sure that everyone is already out of the house. If you still have time, try to save some of your prized possessions.
- Flood. Stay tuned to the local radio or TV station for updates and news about potential flooding, especially if there is excessive rainfall in your area. Once a flood warning is already issued, be sure to evacuate immediately to avoid getting caught in flash floods. It can be challenging to leave once a flash flood already passes you. The critical thing to do here is to move quickly before the wave can reach your area.
- Hurricane. Be sure to create a hurricane emergency plan, especially if you live in coastal areas. You also need to make sure that your home is secured before you head off to evacuate. Once the hurricane starts to approach your area, stay tuned to the local radio or TV station to get updates and information about it.
- Tsunami. Be sure to create a tsunami emergency plan, especially if you live in coastal areas. Coastal areas are prone to tsunamis after a strong earthquake. It’s wise to move to higher ground as fast as you can after an earthquake, especially if you live near the coast.
- Tornado. A tornado can strike anywhere, which is why you should always be prepared for it no matter where you go or live. In the event of a storm, it’s best to take shelter in a basement or the lowest level of a building or a house. Stay away from doors, windows, and exterior walls as the debris blown away by the tornado might fly into them. If you are caught outside during a storm, go to the nearest shelter you can find and stay there until the rain is gone.
By creating a plan and teaching your family on what to do when a natural disaster strikes, you should be able to ensure your safety and survival.