By: | Updated: 06/16/2017

Ten Things to Consider When Preparing for Natural Disasters

Natural disasters can occur in the form of a hurricane, earthquake, flood or tornado. These affect thousands of people per year. The key to survival is the ability to identify possible threats and taking proper precautions to protect oneself, one’s family and community. This involves proper planning and preparation ahead of time. These ten tips will help you to prepare for any emergency.

1. Compile a Kit

First of all, buy a natural disasters list (check out what it is below). Next, purchase an emergency kit from the Red Cross at affordable price and keep it at a proper place. You can also make a kit using a large 20-gallon container with a lid. This kit should contain a supply of semi-perishable and imperishable food, first aid materials, batteries and a radio. Also, include some cash in this homemade kit. Tape a card at the top of the container; this will serve to remind you of the expiry date of food and other supplies.

2. Communication

Your mom must teach you what to do in case of a disaster. An effective communication strategy will prove useful in an emergency. An adult must ensure that the child knows the telephone number, so that he or she could contact the parent at the time of emergency. Make a card with your plan for each family member. This should include contact numbers and an emergency location. Provide a copy of this to your child’s school or daycare. Whistles with lanyards will be useful in locating each other in the event of a power outage.

3. Lifejackets and an Axe

If you live in a flood-prone area, having an axe and lifejackets will be useful for your survival. Store these on the highest storey of your home. In the past, many hurricane victims have died in the attics of their homes due to rising waters and no way of getting onto the roof. Investing some extra bucks in an axe and some lifejackets may actually save your life.

4. Clean Water

Make use of chemical water treatments and water filters to ensure that water is safe to drink. After heavy rains, the water quality in reservoirs can be reduced due to increased turbidity. This is caused by suspension of settled sediments resulting from agitating the water. Invest in a water filter that has a carbon core to remove waste, foul odors and tastes. This will provide a clean supply of water that you will be able to drink in occurrence of any natural disasters.

5. Waterproof LED Headlamps

Headlamps are a necessity in cases where there is no electricity. Not only will these keep your hands free to climb or assist others but also they will work even if they are exposed to water. They are also shock-resistant, more durable than traditional light bulbs and consume only a small amount of energy. Another benefit is that, they will allow you to see more easily as they are perched on the top of the head.

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