Can You Survive A Natural Disaster?
That is just one of the questions that a new Presidential Policy Directive is aimed at addressing.
FEMA or the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the US Geological Survey (USGS) are the two main federal contributors to this campaign which provides an “opportunity for individuals and communities to prepare for specific hazards through group discussions and exercises”.
In this article we will take a look at the issue of natural disasters and specifically “America’s PrepareAthon” a new initiative geared towards preparing Americans for tornadoes, hurricanes, floods and wildfires.
It is not just your imagination, weather related natural disasters are on the increase. According to a national study over 70% of Americans have not participated at home, work or school in a disaster preparedness drill. Studies show that communities are better prepared to deal with these natural disasters when everyone is involved in preparedness.
The first steps are to build an emergency kit and have a family communications plan.
Wildfires are one of the most dangerous natural disaster events that occur in the United States. Most of them are caused by humans or lightning. The Western United States is particularly vulnerable to wildfires because of severe drought conditions. But just last week, north of Oklahoma City, a large wildfire broke out displacing hundreds-a tragic premonition of things to come.
The Midwest and the West are all suffering from drought and are susceptible to wildfires. Individuals can design and landscape their homes with materials to help reduce fire activity-fire mitigation it is called.
Your local fire department or FEMA office can help you with ideas about fire mitigation for your home and neighborhood.
Flooding is another natural disaster that is extremely dangerous. Normally flooding occurs in springtime with runoff from mountain snows and melting of snow pack in low lying areas. Flash floods occur in literally seconds from heavy rains falling on areas previously stricken by wildfires.
Everyone knows about the violent, destructive nature of tornadoes which are created out of thunderstorms’ so-called “super cells”. Every state is susceptible to tornadoes. But certain areas of the country are much more at risk and have a history of damaging tornadoes. “Tornado Alley” and “Dixie Alley” come to mind.
If you live in the part of the country that is susceptible to wildfires and tornadoes, it is incumbent upon you as head of household to do some disaster planning and emergency preparedness because you never know when a natural disaster may strike. Having emergency supplies on hand is not just for the lunatic fringe anymore.
This 135 piece emergency First Aid Kit is one of many we have to select from. It has everything you need in the way of first aid supplies for any emergency.
This 56 serving breakfast and entree Emergency Food Supply has a 25 year shelf life and can feed a family of four for a week.