Here’s How to Survive Natural Disasters

Natural Disasters Affect Millions of People All Around the World (Image Source: Shutterstock)

Why Do You Need to Prepare for a Natural Disaster?

Every US state is at risk of natural disasters, yet many Americans aren’t prepared for an emergency. A majority don’t even have a plan or enough food and water to get their family through a disaster.

Natural Disasters: Are You Prepared? — Sunrider International

What is National Get Ready Day?

The American Public Health Association (APHA) set up National Get Ready Day in 2006. The day’s goal is to arm individuals, families, and communities alike with the knowledge they need to cope with crises like natural disasters, pandemic illnesses, and infectious diseases. The event has passed for 2021, but the next National Get Ready Day is on September 15, 2022.

Aims To Prepare A Community For Emergency Circumstances Of All Kinds (Image Source: Shutterstock)

Emergency Preparedness Tips to Keep You Safe During a Disaster

Every year, natural disasters disrupt and impact thousands of lives. Whether it’s a hurricane, a wildfire, or a bad storm, they all cause lasting effects on both people and property. The local government and disaster-relief organizations like the American Red Cross will reach out when a disaster occurs. But what if the local responders don’t reach you immediately? Do you know how to survive?

Stay in a Safe Area

Sometimes depending on the magnitude of the disaster, the government may activate an emergency evacuation protocol. If you are yet to evacuate, don’t attempt to do so. Instead, find a safe place or shelter and remain there until local responders reach you.

Find A Safe Place Or Shelter And Remain There Until Local Responders Reach You (Image Source: Shutterstock)

Stay Up to Date on the Latest News

Electricity, telephone lines, and the internet will probably be down when a major disaster happens. Therefore, there is no way of knowing what is happening in the outside world. A portable radio will keep you up to date on any special instructions or updates from the local authorities.

A Portable Radio Will Keep You Up To Date On The News And Instructions (Image Source: Shutterstock)

Use a Portable Generator

If you own a portable generator, you are well prepared for a disaster. But you need to be careful before using one. Ensure that it is safe, and only operate it outside away from doors, windows, and vents. While at it, make sure that you follow the manufacturer’s instructions, or you could end up with another health and safety situation on your hands.

Avoid Driving

When a natural disaster strikes, it’s normal to panic. Some people try to get as far away from the area as possible out of panic. But, avoid this at all costs. In case of a major disaster, you have no way of knowing how the situation is outside your safety area. Your best bet is to remain there until the danger has passed. No matter how much you want to, don’t check on your property until you know it’s safe to do so.

Stay Indoors And Remain There Until The Danger Has Passed (Image Source: Shutterstock)

Get Ready Day: Safety During a Disaster

Floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, wildfires, volcanic eruptions, extreme cold, and heat are disasters that can strike with little to no warning. When that happens, lives are lost. Properties worth billions of dollars fall to the ground. The first step to surviving whatever disaster may strike is to ensure that you are always prepared. National Get Ready Day aims to teach people how to prepare for such disasters. If you can, head to your local Get Ready Day event. You never know when you might need that knowledge to protect yourself and your loved ones.

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