Natural Disaster Planning – Preparing for an Emergency
What do the 100,000 plus residents of Calgary, Alberta, Canada; the 40,000 residents of Colorado Springs; the residents of Prescott, Arizona; 50,000 people of Oklahoma City; the hundreds of thousands of people affected by superstorm Sandy and the 35,000 people of Black Forest, Colorado all have in common?
Most of these hundreds of thousands of people had less than one half-hour’s notice to evacuate their homes. Are you ready to do that? Most people are not. In this article, we will discuss some ideas to help you prepare for an emergency evacuation. When and if the time comes to evacuate is not the time to start scratching your head on what to do. You need to do some advance planning.
They and other countless hundreds of thousands of people have been victims of natural disasters due to floods, wildfires, and tornadoes just this year. If it seems like these natural disasters are becoming more common, you are correct and those natural disasters are occurring just in the United States.
India and parts of China are getting ready for monsoon season where flooding has occurred in several areas, forcing hundreds of thousands of people out of their homes.
In just two weeks in May, two rare tornadoes of EF 5 force ripped through the state of Oklahoma, damaging homes and killing dozens of people. An EF 5 tornado has wind speeds of 200 miles an hour or more. Oklahoma, because of its geography and topography, is more prone to tornadoes than any other place in the world.
Areas in the Western U.S. have been in drought conditions for the last four years. The forests are tinder dry and are largely susceptible to wildfires. Most of these are caused by lightning, but some like the fire in Colorado Springs last year and perhaps the one in Black Forest have dubious origins not weather related.
Natural weather-related disasters can occur in any part of the country, but some parts of the United States are more prone to natural disasters than others. If you live in one of those areas it is to your distinct advantage to do some emergency preparedness planning for a potential evacuation when and if the time comes.
Included in that plan should be a so-called go kit that contains important documents and perhaps an emergency supply of water and food. Most evacuations are temporary in nature but frequently last longer than three days.
Develop an emergency preparedness plan with your family, discussing what needs to be done and how to do it. It may end up saving your home and your family.
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