Disaster survival is the main purpose of learning about natural disasters. Some are easily predicted; others happen without warning. Preparing for disasters in advance is an important part of family survival planning.
Disaster survival will depend on you learning about the area you live in and if it is vulnerable to certain types of natural disasters. For instance, I live in earthquake country (not California!) - in Utah. Although there have been only a few small ones in my lifetime, we have been expecting the "big one" for longer than my days on this earth. We're "over due" for it, they say.
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Do you live in hurricane country?
A hurricane is a type of tropical cyclone, the generic term for a low pressure system that generally forms in the tropics. The ingredients for a hurricane include a preexisting weather disturbance, warm tropical oceans, moisture, and relatively light winds aloft. A typical cyclone is accompanied by thunderstorms, and in the Northern Hemisphere, a counterclockwise circulation of winds near the earth's surface. All Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coastal areas are subject to hurricanes or tropical storms.
Hurricanes can produce widespread torrential rains. Floods are the deadly and destructive result. Excessive rain can also trigger landslides or mud slides, especially in mountainous regions. Flash flooding can occur due to the intense rainfall. The speed of the storm and the geography beneath the storm are the primary factors regarding the amount of rain produced.
Do you live in "tornado alley"? Do you know how to build a Safe Room?
Tornadoes are nature's most violent storms. Originating from powerful thunderstorms, tornadoes can uproot trees, destroy buildings, and turn harmless objects into deadly missiles. They can devastate a neighborhood in seconds.
A tornado appears as a rotating, funnel-shaped cloud that extends to the ground, with whirling winds that can reach three-hundred miles per hour.
Damage paths can be in excess of one mile wide and fifty miles long. Every state is at some risk from this natural disaster.
Historically, flooding is the single most common natural disaster in the U. S. However, not all floods are alike.
A river flooding can take days, whereas a flash flood can develop quickly, sometimes in just a few minutes, without any visible signs of rain.
Earthquakes with their sudden shaking can cause buildings and bridges to collapse, telephone and power lines to fall, and result in fires, explosions, and landslides.
Earthquakes can also cause huge ocean waves called tsunamis, which travel long distances over water until they crash into coastal areas.
Disaster survival from earthquakes has had, over the years, some contradictory advice from various organizations. Check out these links for the latest suggestions.
If you live on a remote hillside or in a valley, prairie, or forest where vegetation is plentiful, your residence could be vulnerable to wildland fire.
These fires are usually triggered by lightning or accident, and hopefully, NOT by people who are careless with cigarettes or camp fires.
Heavy snowfall and extreme cold can immobilize an entire region. Even areas that normally experience mild winters can be hit with a major snowstorm, ice storm, or extreme cold. The impacts include closed highways, blocked roads, downed power lines and hypothermia.
You can protect yourself and your family from the many hazards of winter by planning ahead.
Heat kills by pushing the human body beyond it limits. Under normal conditions, the body's internal thermostat produces perspiration that evaporates and cools the body. However, in extreme heat and high humidity, evaporation is slowed and the body must work extra hard to maintain a normal temperature.
Most heat disorders occur because the victim has been overexposed to heat or has over exercised for his age and physical condition. The elderly, young children, and those who are sick or overweight are more likely to succumb to extreme heat.
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Disaster survival is all about preparing for natural disasters. They will and do happen all over the world. What do you need to do to ensure disaster survival for your family?
72-Hour Survival Kits
Most disasters occur when family members are separated. This survival/72-hour kit is designed to be lightweight and compact so that you can easily evacuate with it in the event of an emergency.
The Tote-n-Go Kit is perfect for those who are looking for excellent protection in a single person, 72-hour compact kit.
Wind-Up & Solar-Powered Radios
The Department of Homeland Defense and the AMERICAN RED CROSS recommend
every family have a good quality portable radio to receive the latest emergency info!