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Precautions For Natural Disasters

| Articles | February 1, 2010


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It is becoming quite evident that natural hazards incur massive damage. Some of this damage, however, can be avoided if the right preparedness measures are put in place.
The suddenness of natural hazards allows them to cause much damage. Adequate disaster preparedness, however, may assist in reducing the potential damage associated with these hazards.

A natural hazard is an unpredictable naturally occurring event, arising within the physical, climatic or biotic environment, that will have a negative effect on people or the environment. Natural hazards include hurricanes, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and floods. A natural hazard is classified as a disaster when it causes death, injury or major damage to property. Disaster preparedness is important in preventing the loss of lives and minimizing the damage to property during a natural disaster. It is therefore necessary to be knowledgeable of disaster preparedness measures.

Develop a Disaster Plan

In the preparation for any disaster, it is always important that a disaster plan be established. All family members should be fully aware of what they should do if a disaster strikes. Knowledge of near-by shelters, emergency numbers and contact information of near-by relatives is essential as there may be an emergency or it may become necessary to evacuate the area where they are to someplace safer or less threatened. Contact information of a relatives living a fair distance away from the threatened area would also be an asset in the event that the damage caused by the disaster is fatal.
Keep Important Items and Documents at Hand

Additionally, a Disaster Preparedness Kit should be packed. This should contain first aid items and batteries among other things. It is unwise to wait for a disaster warning or a disaster itself to pack such a kit as items may be scarce in local stores at that time or many items may be forgotten as a result of panic. It is always good to be well prepared.

Originals or copies of important documents such as passports, birth certificates and marriage certificates should always be at hand. These should not be left behind in an evacuated house but always carried on the person in the event that there is no return.
Remove Potential Hazards

Trees surrounding houses should be pruned regularly or even cut down if they are in positions where they may damage property if disturbed, for example, by wind or vibration. Everybody should also familiarize themselves with turning off the gas and electricity supply to their houses in the event that the gas or electricity becomes hazardous.

Keep Updated With the News

It is important not to be misled by propaganda and rumors. Trustworthy information related to natural disasters is always published on the news. Volcanic eruptions and hurricanes are always closely monitored by professionals who relay information to the media. Instructions and advice are also aired on the news as to how to keep safe during natural disasters.

Indeed, as world events continue to unfold themselves, the awareness of the importance of disaster preparedness is growing. It is important that all the necessary steps be taken in order to reduce the destruction which would have otherwise been done by natural disasters.

by Rochelle Joseph
Originally Published by suite101.com

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One Response to “Precautions For Natural Disasters”

  1. RINTS Business Poster

    Great article! We all need to be prepared for anything

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