Banner Years For Natural Disasters
Big weather disasters are the ones that stick out in our memory. “In 2013, there were 7 weather and climate disaster events with losses exceeding $1 billion each across the United States. These events included five severe weather and tornado events, a major flood event, and the western drought / heat wave. Overall, these events killed 109 people and had significant economic effects on the areas impacted.”
And that is just in the United States. Smaller natural disasters can have just as much impact on local communities as the more publicized ones. Globally, according to Swiss Re, the insurance giant, insured global losses in 2013 totaled a mere $38 billion, down from $75 billion in 2012-both banner years for natural disasters.
Hurricanes were basically nonexistent in 2013 but two tornadoes got headlines, both of them in Oklahoma. Wildfires struck in Colorado and California.
Mid-November saw a late-season outbreak of 74 tornadoes with Illinois the hardest hit states with insured losses at hundreds of millions of dollars.
The midwinter snow and ice storms of 2014 that have plagued the eastern third of the country have left hundreds of thousands without power and literally stranded in their own homes. There is so much snow that floods will be a big concern once it starts to melt adding more grief to homeowners not to mention a strain on budgets for those cities and states for snow removal.
Europe has just undergone massive flooding in February 2014 that has left thousands upon thousands homeless and even more without power. But the worst is yet to come, because the fear is that the water table has risen so high that the structural integrity of hundreds of thousands of homes is at risk.
Southeast Asia has always been a hotbed of tropical storms and typhoons that every year leave hundreds of thousands homeless.
Why do we bring all this up? Natural disasters occur around the globe with impunity. Mother Nature knows no bounds when it comes to incurring her wrath on millions by way of floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires and other catastrophes of nature.
These natural disasters demand a certain level of emergency preparedness on the part of just about everyone.Here Is How To Prepare
- Think you could get along on your own for a few days if you experienced an emergency? Each family should make preparations now for immediate or potential situations that threaten life, property or the environment. Preparing today will speed up recovery time in an emergency.
- Build A Kit
- Assemble an emergency food supply and other supplies for at least 3 days.
- Include pet supplies, medicines, diapers and infant formula, if needed.
- Don’t forget your ID along with other important papers.
- Use easy-to-carry bags or bins. Consider a second kit for the car.
- Make A Plan
- Pick a friend to call if you get separated from family.
- Know where to meet.
- Make a list of important information.
- Make a plan to evacuate.
- Practice your plan.
Don’t forget that normal support systems are not available in a natural disaster emergency. It is up to you to provide for the safety and security of your family when disaster strikes. Develop a disaster preparedness plan today.
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