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Safety Measures in Surviving Disasters

With the continuous changes in the atmosphere caused by global warming, the world has been experiencing catastrophes at such grand scale. This highlights the importance of emergency preparedness plan to allow you to think and act quickly in implementing measures crucial to surviving disasters.

  • Floods and Hurricanes

Regardless of the cause, floods can be deadly to humans. If there had been warnings about an impending flood, there is likely to be an evacuation order to leave the affected area. Decide to comply and act immediately because flooding can happen so fast. Take your emergency preparedness kit containing supplies vital to surviving disasters. Make sure to secure the house before leaving. Once on the road, avoid the main highway because they can be predictably crowded. Refer to your map to find safe alternative route.

  • Earthquakes

No human instrument or equipment can predict when an earthquake will happen. Nevertheless, you can prepare for it by securing furniture and house decors firmly to their location. As safety precaution, don’t place heavy or sharp objects over the headboard of your bed. During an earthquake, stay away from the doorway to prevent being injured by the opening and closing of the door caused by the vibrating earth. If you happen to be in a public place, keep clear of human traffic lanes to avoid getting caught in a stampede. When you’re outdoors, stay away from electric lines and don’t park the car under an overpass or tunnel to avoid being trapped in case the dome collapses. Check the area immediately after the earthquake subsides to look for damages.

  • Blizzards

It is wise to invest on a portable generator if your area is frequently affected by blizzards. Stock enough fuel to power the equipment, but make sure it is stored in a safe place. The information on this page can help you choose the best generator that can power up your entire home for up to 20 hours. Remain indoors during a blizzard surge, and that includes the pets if you have any. The cold temperature and blowing winds are deadly combination for anyone caught outside. In the event of power outage, converge in one place to conserve warmth among family members. Never use the stove or charcoal grill as source of heat because carbon monoxide inside the house can potentially kill you. If you get stranded inside the car, stop the engine to avoid being suffocated by fumes reverted into the vehicle due to blocked exhaust pipe. Move some muscles to keep you warm. Tie a bright-colored fabric to the antenna to signal your need for help. If you’re on foot, get some tree branches or anything that can be used to build a shelter. Remove your wet clothes to prevent hypothermia. Make a fire if possible. It can keep you warm and it is useful when you melt snow for drinking water.

In all these situations, there is the need to be alert and have presence of mind in order to implement the necessary action for surviving disasters. You have all chances to survive if you plan ahead.