Emergency Planning-Are You Prepared For Weather Related Disasters?
Unless you don’t read a newspaper or get your news online, watch television or even listen to a radio, you can hardly escape the news about weather related disasters not only in the United States, but around the globe. Natural disasters such as typhoons (hurricanes in our part of the world), tornadoes, which are almost unique to the United States, floods, wildfires and others have raised awareness of the need for emergency preparedness and disaster planning.
“The U.S., which suffered severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, hail and winter storms, had a total of $32 billion in damage of which $19 billion was insured.” That is just a little bit less than half of the $45 billion insurance companies paid out in 2013. But it is only about one third of the $140 billion in economic losses paid out in 2012 according to a Swiss company that monitors global insurance payments.
It is true that most of the economic damage is done in Asia or Third World countries where insurance is relatively rare. Consequently the payments for the economic damage have been small by comparison.
In the United States, especially in the East and Midwest, this past year’s winter snowstorms are a harbinger of things to come for that part of the country. Spring snowmelt is likely to bring massive flooding and of course with spring typically comes tornado season in “tornado alley.”
Natural disasters are likely to occur along the Mississippi River basin-with spring flooding, and in the aforementioned tornado alley-that area from central Texas up through Oklahoma into Kansas. But the drought out in the West has created tinder dry conditions ripe for wildfires.
In other words weather-related disasters can occur just about anywhere in the United States. If you live in one of those areas, it is incumbent upon you to be responsible and do some disaster planning which would include emergency preparedness and emergency evacuation plans.
It is true that most emergency evacuations are of a short duration-three days or less. That is why officials strongly urge that you have on hand a 72 hour “go kit” that would include food and water supplies, important documents such as insurance papers, medications, emergency first aid and other supplies for you and your family to survive a three day emergency evacuation from your house.
Be smart and do some disaster planning and emergency preparedness so that when the time comes and you are hit by a natural disaster or weather related emergency, your emergency evacuation will be a snap.
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