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Natural disasters are on the rise worldwide. Annually in the United States there are numerous wildfires, severe storms, floods, tornadoes and active hurricanes across the nation. Since natural disasters can strike quickly and without warning, it goes without saying that natural disaster preparedness is important when dealing with the aftermath of a natural disaster. Click on the following links for more information on how you can be prepared:
Below are just some of the natural disasters to be prepared for:
Earthquake Disaster Preparedness
There are 45 states and territories throughout the United States that are at moderate to high risk from earthquakes. An earthquake is the sudden, rapid shaking of the earth, caused by the breaking and shifting of subterranean rock. Since it is not possible to predict when an earthquake will occur, or the extent of the damage that it will cause, it is essential that you have an earthquake emergency disaster plan.
Flooding Disaster Preparedness
Flooding is the nation’s most common natural disaster and can develop slowly during an extended period of rain or can occur quickly such as flash floods, even without any visible signs of rain. If you live in a low-lying area, near rivers, streams, lakes, deltas and levee systems or downstream from a dam have a flood disaster plan. Flood waters are very destructive and will damage and destroy most things it touches – which means your vital records and important papers may never be recoverable.
Hurricane Disaster Preparedness
After the devastation caused by Hurricanes, most notably Katrina, Rita and Wilma, it’s hard to ignore this frightening natural disaster. But you don’t have to live in a hurricane-prone area to become a disaster victim. Scientists can now predict hurricanes in the southern Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico and in the eastern Pacific Ocean. People who live in costal communities in these areas should not only be prepared to evacuate but keep an up to date hurricane preparedness plan.
Tornado Disaster Preparedness
Tornados are nature’s most violent storms that can appear suddenly and without warning which is why you must be prepared to act quickly. Tornadoes are most common in the Midwest, Southeast and Southwest, and can occur in any state and at any time of year, making tornado disaster planning vitally important.