I have a friend who is waiting for disaster. Any disaster. He absolutely cannot wait until the day that he actually gets to be Rambo and save planet like the true hero he imagines that he is. He is fully kitted out with paintball guns, gas refills, every type of paintball you can imagine from the normal paint ones, to the pepper balls and solid balls. He practices shooting targets, he has spare food ready in different hiding places. He has pepper-spray, baseball bats, police batons (probably illegal) and even knives that he knows how to use.
Of course, he loves camping; it’s a chance to practice his survival skills. Whenever he is alone at home, he lays out his equipment on the dining room table so that, should the need arise, everything is in clear sight for him to utilize and bring down a zombie apocalypse, a robot world-takeover or a wolf infiltration.
But as funny as this may sound, there are more serious and realistic disasters that could be on our minds. Maybe a little bigger than a zombie apocalypse, perhaps a natural disaster that leaves people homeless and injured.
The thought of natural disasters may cause a large amount of insecurity. Weather for example is a powerful and strong force that man cannot stand against. It cannot be controlled, and although we have the tools and technology to predict bad weather, we can never predict how people are going to respond, and just how many people will be able to survive.
Remember Hurricane Katrina in 2005? This was one of the costliest and deadliest of natural disasters in the history of the United States. Severe destruction stretched from central Florida, right through to Texas. Floods resulted from the storm and water reached between 6 and 12 miles from the beach. There were about 1,245 – 1,836 fatalities recorded and the damage came to $108 billion.
Where does one even begin to repair the damage a storm like that caused? How breathtaking that bad weather can cause such damage and destruction.
Although the extent of damage from disasters such as these is largely unpredictable, preparing in some way that may assist with the survival of you and your family is surely a sensible option.
It is particularly essential if you live in an environment that experiences volatile weather, to learn how to respond to different disasters and to teach and familiarize your children about what to do and how to react.
Staying calm is always important when facing an emergency situation, and having a plan and with sort of preparedness helps in this regard.
Ready.Gov is a useful site that is full of tips, and asks questions that you may not have thought about before…. just take a look at the following:
Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is important to think about the following situations and plan just in case. Consider the following questions when making a plan:
How will my family/household get emergency alerts and warnings?
How will my family/household get to safe locations for relevant emergencies?
How will my family/household get in touch if cell phone, internet, or landline doesn’t work?
How will I let loved ones know I am safe?
How will family/household get to a meeting place after the emergency?
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