June 5, 2017

Home Automation and Security

Even when discussing disaster recovery housing, home automation is something that may have future application. Just think. In a time of need, there are limited resources and potentially limited access. What if there was a simple way to automate some of the functionality in your temporary housing. Instead of burning through generator fuel, because you left your lights on you could make sure the lights were off remotely. You could make sure that you locked the doors. Its a brave new world out there and as home automation services like adt pulse, continue to become more affordable, their application in all different kinds of housing will coninue to grow.

Home Automation is not a black art, nor do you need an IT degree to live in a house fitted with automation systems, and is relatively affordable to set up. Home Automation is defined as the application of technology in the home, but this is not the full extent as there are many requests for the same or similar technology within business premises.

In this new millennium, we are ruled by automation systems, whether at our workplace or home. A national automation system enables you to control all your electronic devices from anywhere in the world. But deciding on which home automation product solutions to buy or which project to undertake first is not a straight forward task. For example, a home security system works by three major components, namely, a connection center, structured wiring, and a microprocessor. The structured wiring is installed in such a way that it connects all the automation products at your home to the various hubs that are located in the connection center. The connection center is, in fact, the nucleus of your system. You can operate the home electronic systems that are wired into the automation center, with the help of touch screens, wireless remote controls, and keypads through the Internet.

It's time to take control and simplify your life with a simple, elegant solution. These systems can integrate home entertainment, lighting, heating, security, Multi-room audio, surveillance and remote control into one interface which will give the operator total control.

See how your home can benefit from added security, comfort, and convenience. Home automation is the network that coordinates security, temperature, and lighting to provide comfort, convenience, and safety. Not only do lighting controls make bright rooms quicker and easier, but the home security method adds protection to your property and feeling that a darkened home package offer recognition to the use of motion detectors. Controlling that media can be fun, make you work more efficiently, and increase home security.

Home automation methods are becoming more popular with the advent of low-cost interface devices for bidirectional communication to a personal computer. The many different types of network devices available have just as many applications. Because of today's highly advanced technology, automated tools and gadgets are now possible.

In summary, home automation is not just a toy for affluent geeks, but a reasonable consideration for anyone who owns a home and wants convenience increased security and to save money and energy.

Smart Homes - Home Automation and Light Control Systems

You have probably heard the term "smart home" a lot especially in luxury residential projects. What is a "good home" then?

Turning your house into a smart home will take time and is a long way before you can say surely it is a smart home now. But this road is not so difficult. Follow the trends on the market and decide which benefits offer you suitable suggestions for your home. In the end, you will have a smarter house each passing day by applying smart home application.There is not a miracle out here in those luxury homes.

Lighting and lighting controller systems are the most important parts of home automation.

A lighting controller method can detect motion within a closed area and can turn on the lights automatically. You can think that when you enter a room, the lighting control can turn on the lights as an example.

A light controller circuit is connected to a motion dedicator sensor. The motion sensor triggers the lighting controller using its relay when it detects motion in its area of control.

What you should be careful about is that many lighting controllers turn off the lights in the room if its motion sensor does not detect any movement for a specific period pass measured by the timer on the lighting control itself.

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Natural disasters and man made accidents
May 24, 2017

Natural disasters and man made accidents

Disaster can strike at any time, and the main concern of those with a family is to keep them safe during the disaster, you need to make sure that you have all of the necessary information you will need to survive the disaster in the first place.

Natural disasters and man made disasters are the two kinds of disasters that can happen. Tidal waves, hurricanes, earthquakes, and floods are examples of a natural disaster. Unnatural disasters include terrorist attacks, nuclear accidents, biological attacks, and hazardous material incidents. In any disaster, it is possible to keep yourself and your family safe.

Preparation for disaster checklist:

1. Put together an emergency supplies kit for yourself and each member of your family. Include in this kit: everyone's prescription medication(s), extra clothing for everyone, cash, at least one gallon of water per person, bank account records, birth certificates, and other important documents, enough non-perishable food to feed all members of the family for days, flashlights, pillows, blankets, sleeping bags.

2. Pay close attention to public announcements, or bulletins, from the local authorities.

Local authorities should inform the public of any changes in the emergency situation. Radio, television, and internet typically are the channels this information is communicated.

3. If you have to drive to a safe location during a disaster, Driving through floods can be hazardous, determine the water's height in relation to your vehicle's tires.

The height of the water should be no more than six inches, then you can probably drive through it and survive. When water is above six inches high there is a good chance your car will falter.

Not only have vehicles been known to stall in water above six inches, SUVs have been known to be carried away as well. If flood waters are not approached with extreme caution, harm can come to you and your family.

4. In the event of a man-made disaster (such as a biological attack, or a hazardous materials incident), staying at a location that is up-wind is best.

Chemical and biological agents can actually travel through the air, so it is best to steer clear of the affected area until the authorities have announced that the emergency is over, and people can resume with their normal activities without any fear of contamination or disease.

If you think you have come into contact with any hazardous waste or any biological agent, go to any hospital's emergency unit and have yourself checked out. That is the only way that you can be sure that you are safe, and that you won't need any special procedures after you have been exposed.

Disaster preparedness is the sensible thing to do. It doesn't need to be expensive; and it can save your life! In these situations we are not talking about losing heat or power for a few hours we are talking about losing essential services, under extreme circumstances, for a prolonged period of time. Water, heat, shelter, and finally food are your main concern. After that things like light and communications, or at least a means of receiving information should be considered.

Disaster planning is disaster preparedness; disaster preparedness is disaster survival! Taking the time to think about these things before a disaster occurs will go a long way towards ensuring your survival and the survival of your loved ones.

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The World's Worst Natural Disasters
May 23, 2017

The World's Worst Natural Disasters

The world is a wonderful place to live. Be that as it may, there are dependably parts of the world wherein natural disasters happen all the more frequently, and bunches of properties and lives are decimated. Just the general population who are living in the nation where torrents, tremors, and other natural disasters don't occur can encounter the alleged "paradise on earth." For a few, the world is only a brutal place to remain. Still, others would feel their territory was reviled that they are the main ones who will encounter the natural cataclysms which are so destroying. Here are the main five most crushing natural disasters that occurred on the planet;

#1. Indian Ocean Tsunami in 2004

The undersea seismic tremor with a power of 9.2 in Richter scale occurred in 2004 creating too vast waves that transformed into tidal waves and come to up to 30 meters high tsunamis that hit Indonesia, India, Thailand and Sri Lanka. The United Nations have a gauge of 230,000 setbacks. It was the most destroying tidal wave ever. Italy's National Geophysics Institute said that the shake might have been disturbed the turn of the planet because of its extremely solid force.

#2. Tropical storm Katrina in 2005

In the historical backdrop of the deadliest tropical storm that occurred in the U.S. domain, the tropical storm Katrina is the main. It happened in 2005 crushing a large number of properties and executing 1,836 American natives. It was recorded to keep going for ten days (August 29 - September 7, 2005) making the most intense nation powerless to safeguard their kin. Consistently, the legislature would do the recognition activities to recall the general population who have shed their lives amid the season of disaster.

#3. Typhoon Nargis in 2008

Ever, the Nargis Cyclone has quite recently been one of the most grounded violent winds that happened. In any case, the passing that comes to up to 146,000 can't only be ascribed to the typhoon additionally to the carelessness of the administration of Myanmar amid those circumstances. On May 2, 2008, a 135 mph wind obliterated more properties in Myanmar and slaughtered individuals. Be that as it may, there was a large number of survivors after the violent wind. The issue was that the administration did not enable the worldwide specialists to come in for three weeks leaving every one of the survivors dead of appetite and starvation, untreated wounds and wounds and different infections.

#4. Sichuan Earthquake in 2008

The high power seismic tremor hit China in 2008 making excessively harm foundations and properties and in addition to the passing of more than 87,400 individuals. It was accounted for that more than 7,000 schools have broken down in Sichuan amid the quake enhancing the harms and passings. Lamenting guardians who have lost their youngsters were offered specialist to tolerate another kid in addition to the remuneration given by the Communist government.

#5. Kashmir Earthquake in 2005

Five months after a seismic tremor hit Sichuan in China, another 7.6 force quake hit Kashmir on October 8. The worst about that quake is that winter was coming and the air was sufficiently frosty. There were evaluated losses who reach up to 79,000 passings, and a large number of foundations and properties have been annihilated. It was inconceivable that two months after the shudder, 40 years of age lady has been uncovered alive.

Toward the begin of 2010, another quake hit Haiti murdering a large number of individuals. Furthermore, simply this year, another in Chile has been recorded. Disasters are not man-made; it comes naturally to the earth. Be that as it may, a few people are sufficiently unfortunate to live in a place where solid seismic tremors do happen a ton.

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Disaster Shelters
May 22, 2017

Disaster Shelters

As is mostly believed, the ratio of disasters has increased over the years. This might not be the case, as disasters have always struck humanity. However, the media explosion and coverage enable us to get to know about every disaster striking in any corner of the world. This media attention and the increased devastation have forced many governments to implement the advanced methods of disaster management. Disaster shelter is one of the most visible and most useful components of any disaster management program.


A disaster shelter does not have a set or fixed structure or equipment. Disaster shelters depend upon the type and nature of a particular natural event and are constructed in a manner to accommodate the affected population of that incident. However, there are some common types of equipment present in every disaster shelter.The Following is a brief description of each of disaster shelter equipment:



Bedding has to be included in the equipment category during a disaster due to a heavy displacement of people. As the houses and properties are damaged, people are unable to arrange their beddings. Subsequently, it is provided to them in the disaster shelters.



Tents and camping equipment are also some of the core supplies in any disaster shelter. In most cases, disaster shelters are themselves housed in tents. Affected people are provided with tents and camping equipment so that they can have some shelter and privacy.


Medical Supplies

Medical equipment and supplies are also of paramount importance. Their importance is quadrupled in the case of a disaster. This is the time when thousands or even millions of people are injured seriously. They need immediate medical attention. A basic disaster shelter can have a doctor or paramedics on call so that patients can be treated immediately and the loss of lives may be curtailed. Similarly, a disaster of medicines and basic medical equipment like an X-ray machine and basic blood testing system, among other things.


Water Purifiers

Disasters cripple the water supply system. In the case of an earthquake or flood, water supply lines are mixed with the sewerage system thus, making the water polluted. People can become ill, and the whole population can come under a disease outbreak if there is no system of water purification.


Electricity Generator

There may be a power generator in a disaster shelter. In the absence of electricity, no one would be able to carry out the relief work or even support the affected people in the disaster shelter. Additionally, the electricity generator should be of a high voltage so as to support the operations of medical equipment and electric stoves, among other things.


Communications System

A communication system is also necessary to keep in touch with the higher authorities and disaster relief committees. The communication system also helps in a speedy transportation of relief goods to the affected areas. Moreover, it can help the victims of the natural disaster to get in touch with their families and relatives, living in other parts of the country, which may eventually result in some of the victims moving temporarily to their loved ones.

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Disaster Relief Projects
May 21, 2017

Disaster Relief Projects

Disasters can strike at any time and in any part of the world regardless of the place. These disasters come in form of earthquakes, floods and many more. Many are left homeless and stranded. It is encouraging that some people have taken it upon themselves to start disaster relief projects to support these affected people. Some of these disaster relief projects are:

1. Hualin Temporary Elementary School
Following an earthquake that struck the school in May 2008, 120 Japanese and Chinese volunteers worked on the reconstruction. This new building is unique since it makes use of paper tube structures. Three buildings with nine classrooms were constructed in roughly forty days. Though the structure is temporary, the good thing is the children get a chance to continue learning despite the disaster.

2. Cardboard Cathedral
Another earthquake hit a church in Christchurch, New Zealand, and this affected many Christians in the area. A construction project was started and a new church was built entirely of cardboard in 2013, giving the people a reason to smile and see hope beyond the disaster.

3. Paper Concert Hall L'Aquila
This hall, located in Italy and originally called L'Aquila Concert Hall, is famous for its wonderful music. The temporary concert hall was put up after an earthquake struck on 6th of April 2009. The people of Italy now have a chance to continue with their musical activities, even for just a while as a permanent structure is being designed.

4. Paper Emergency Shelter for UNHCR
Rwanda experienced a tragedy of civil war in 1994 that left many homeless. United Nations High Comissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) provided aluminium poles and plastic sheets to serve as construction material of shelters for the homeless. It was expensive, so a cheaper option was introduced; shelters made from paper tubes. These have been effective and are providing shelters presently.

5. Paper Shelter Haiti
1.2 million people in Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti, lost their homes when an earthquake struck in on 12 January 2010. They have been living in hand-made tents that are not waterproof. Architect Shigeru Ban is building 50 paper tube shelters in the area with help from professors and students from the Dominican Republic.

6. Paper Log House in India
Disaster struck in India when buildings collapsed. Many lost their lives, and homes. More structures were built from materials such as bamboo, mats and the rubble from the destroyed buildings to shelter those affected.

7. Paper Church Kobe
The people of Kobe lost their center of worship after an earthquake struck in 1995. Church volunteers came together to build this community center to replace the destroyed building.

8. Onagawa Container Temporary Housing
People from the town of Onagawa had difficulty constructing housing after an earthquake struck because the flat land available is not enough. Three-storey temporary housing made from shipping containers have been built. They house a lot of people because they have been stacked in a checkerboard pattern.

9. Kirinda House
Most buildings in this village located in the south-east coast of Sri Lanka were swept away by an earthquake on December 26, 2004, forcing the Islamic villagers to live in poor shelters in horrible conditions. A construction project was started and it includes construction of a mosque and 67 houses.

10. Paper Partition System
Those who lost their homes in Japan after the attack of an earthquake and tsunami are living in a crowded place with no privacy. Simple partitions made of canvas curtains and paper tubes are being set up to divide the families, so that they can enjoy some privacy.

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Ways to help disaster victims
May 20, 2017

Ways to help disaster victims

Hearing news about communities struck by disaster be heart-wrenching, and whether a catastrophe is in your local area, or on the other side of the Earth, you may find yourself asking how you can help. The somewhat harsh truth is, there is little use rushing to the site of a disaster unless you have specialist training which will allow you to provide specific aid. Unqualified volunteers are unfortunately more likely to be a hindrance than a help, but there are still a number of ways you can support victims of disaster.

If you are far away from the stricken area, donation is your main recourse to helping the relief effort. While donations of non-perishable food, blankets, or medical supplies may be welcomed in certain situations, you should not send items unless they are specifically requested.
Donating money, while it has a less hands-on feel, is genuinely your best option. Sending a donation online or over the phone to a reputable charity will allow them to pay for logistical costs, such as transportation, as well as items needed by disaster victims. This also means charities and aid workers can access funds and begin their work as soon as possible. A package, no matter how valuable its contents, still has to travel, sometimes over huge areas, and may not even make it to the disaster area if mail or delivery services are unavailable.
Raising money within your community, through local businesses, churches, or schools not only creates valuable funds for charity, but also raises awareness of the disaster, and may prompt individual donations. Posting links on your social media pages which tell people how to go about giving a financial donation can also be a huge help.

There are also ways to help disaster victims if you are closer to the scene of the incident. If there are injuries, then donating blood can have a huge impact, literally saving lives. Do not turn up at a hospital, as there are unlikely to be free staff available, but instead look online or phone a medical charity, such as the Red Cross, and enquire about giving blood. There is probably a drive being set up in the area.
Phone lines and mobile networks can be overwhelmed or damaged during disasters, and in you find yourself with WiFi or mobile data think about using your phone as a hot-spot, or allowing victims and relief workers to use your internet access to contact loved ones, or even coordinate relief efforts.

All of these contributions can be invaluable, and make an enormous difference to victims in the aftermath of a disaster, but if you really want to get your boots on the ground and help during a serious catastrophe, then you need to get some training. Maybe you already know a little about communication, first aid, or another skill which might be useful in a crisis. Take advice from your local disaster relief charities, and spend time training to make sure that when the call goes out for qualified volunteers you are ready to answer. Wanting to help is admirable, but by following this advice you can ensure that your provide the most practical help possible to victims of disaster, giving them what they really need to pull their communities, and their lives, back together.

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How to recover from disaster
May 19, 2017

How to recover from disaster

Disaster often strikes without warning. When it happens, all you can do is try to survive and recover what's left. Most disasters occur from natural causes but sometimes they happen because of human errors. No matter the cause, getting through one isn't always easy. It doesn't take a toll on the physical body only, but also on the psychological and emotional well-being. Knowing how to recover from disaster beforehand can go a long way in helping you handle the situation better in case it arises.

The first step is getting to safety. Call emergency response team. It's advisable keep emergency contacts (like your local Red Cross or firehouse numbers) with you at all times. Try to stay alive until your rescuers get you to a safer place.

Acceptance is very vital. In case of loss of property or loved one, living in denial will hurt you more than it helps. You may be feeling hurt, angry, sad, stressed or depressed. These emotions may come all at once or one at a time. Whatever the case, don't pretend to be okay when you are not.

Don't be afraid to lean on others. Having a strong support system helps a lot. This can be hard for introverts. Those who prefer solitude usually find it hard to lean on others whenever they are going through tough times. However, accepting other people's help and support can help you handle disaster better. This sense of community will give you emotional and psychological support that you need.

Rebuild. In most cases, disaster destroys many properties when it strikes. If you lost your home, find out if it's safe to go back first before actually going. Consult your local police. Heed their advice and avoid going back when told not to. If they give you a go ahead, take a quick survey on the area before anything else. Look out for any hanging power lines or any dangerous item that could be harmful. For those who have children, don't go with them during this first visit. At this stage, you can also start following up on your insurance claims for financial assistance.

Actual healing is the last step when recovering from any type of disaster. Allow yourself to heal from physical injuries and even emotional trauma. Some people find talking to others therapeutic while some prefer helping others who are going through the same difficulties. Do whatever works for you. However, don't use this to mask your own feelings. Seek professional assistance if you feel you need to. Don't be in a rush to get back to normal. Remember that healing is a process. It may take time but in the end, it will happen.

It's never a bad idea to have important documents kept elsewhere as back up. Make copies and store them in a different location. This will help you in case you lose your important documents when disaster strikes. Having some knowledge about survival tactics also helps. Try to do some research on how to recover from different kinds of disaster even when you don't need to. You never know when or how that information will come in handy.


 Here is a great video on how to recover from a disaster.

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The complete guide to what to do before, during and after a disaster
May 19, 2017

The complete guide to what to do before, during and after a disaster


Disasters are rare, but just because they are, doesn't mean they won't hit. At one point or the other, something seems to get out of control and disasters from all manner of nature erupt. Only then do you realize that you don't rise to the occasion, but merely fall to the level at which you've prepared yourself. That's the thing about disasters; they always come when you're least prepared for them. But this doesn't have to be the case; with the complete guide to what to do before, during and after a disaster, you can be able to prepare yourself in case all manner of natural calamities, from earthquakes, tsunamis, floods to landslides, and the like, occur.

Before disaster hits

There are a different number of natural disasters that have been documented since the beginning of time that can occur at any given moment, which means there are just as many number of ways to be prepared for each of them. However, that shouldn't stop you from having a strategy in place for you and your family in case it happens. There are things you can do before a disaster to make sure you are doing all the right things when the eventuality hits, one of which is a specific routine on what to do at the time. You should practice your routine as many times as required to make sure you're all running in the right direction. Otherwise, you are bound to get lost easily enough. This applies for both your home and place of work; familiarize yourself with the disaster/emergency plan, and stick to it.

Before a disaster, it is also good to keep an inventory of the important things to carry, along with important documents that you might need during your escape. Such an inventory is ideal because you don't have to start rushing at the last minute to pack and sort yourself out. As someone once said, preparedness is the prerequisite for victory (in this case, your safety being your victory). In addition, a well-stocked and packed go-bag wouldn't go amiss; make sure you have one ready to go.

During and after a disaster

When disaster strikes, there are things you need to make sure are in the right order. Obviously, you will have a designated place from where you can seek refuge. Once you're there, whether it's in your house or the shed, make sure you stay inside and all the pathways are sealed shut. Secondly, you need to check that all the safety equipment and structures inside are working properly; otherwise, your safe haven won't be as safe as you'd initially thought.

Additionally, it is ideal to cover all your electronic gadgetry with plastic bags to make sure they're safe and protected. In case of a blackout, it is advisable to switch off the electricity permanently until everything settles, to avoid further damages if the grid is activated; power surges are a real thing. As time progresses, make sure that you check for any damage to make sure it's fixed and taken care of.

Once the dust has settled and the disaster has abated, you can come out of your shelter and check for any property damage. Make sure all the safety hazards are secured, and all the safety equipment (sprinkler system) is working properly. Only then can you proceed to contact your insurance company or risk manager to give you a numerical assessment of all the property damage.

Conclusively, always make sure you have a built in strategy for every natural disaster if possible. There's never harm in being thorough.

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Earthbag Building
May 19, 2017

Earthbag Building

Earthbag building (infrequently called sandbag building) is one of the least cost, most commonsense building strategies. In the first place utilized by the military for building sturdy, slug and impact safe structures, this building plan has as of late encountered a surge of enthusiasm among do-it-without anyone's help developers. There are currently an expected 1,000 to 1,500 earthbag structures, including homes, workplaces, shops, schools, sanctuaries, facilities, halfway houses and even ecovillages.

One of the most grounded offerings focuses is reasonableness. A straightforward earthbag vault, for instance, utilizing reused grain sacks and earth can be worked for around $100. A bigger, more agreeable home can be used to work for around $500-$1000. The EarthDome House at Terrasante Village in Tucson, Arizona is only one case.

Earthbags are perfect for proprietor manufacturers. The essential aptitudes for each progression of development can be learned in almost no time. It comes down to just filling sacks with a fitting fill material (ordinarily subsoil or rock) and packing them strong. It doesn't get considerably easier than that. Likewise, few devices are required - scoops, pails, plant hose. The couple of extra devices required (alter, slider) can be made inexpensively and effortlessly.

Earthbag structures are economical since they are made basically of earth from or close to the building site. Earthbag arches don't require wood, in this manner diminishing weight on our timberlands. Costly solid establishments are not required if you utilize rock filled packs. Likewise, these structures are sheltered, calm, nontoxic, rat evidence, and fire, tropical storm and surge safe.

Vitality proficiency is another solid in addition to for working with packs. The huge earth dividers balance out inside temperatures in hot atmospheres. In cool and hot atmospheres, earthbags can be loaded with a protecting material, for example, igneous rock, pumice, vermiculite or perlite. A few manufacturers are trying different things with rice frames for protection, which are frequently free for the taking. As a rule, lightweight protecting materials, (for example, those just said) require far less work than those of packed earth and give comfort through the harshest winters or most blazing summers.

Earthbags can likewise be utilized to make underground (root/storm basements, and so forth.) or earth-bermed structures, security and holding dividers, grower, furniture (worked in seats, and so forth.), and numerous different employments. Earthbags are extremely versatile and work similarly also for arches as they accomplish for structures with vertical dividers. They likewise exceed expectations at making freestyle, bending structures.

For those of you new to earthbag working, here's a snappy diagram. Earthbag building has advanced from the military's utilization of working with sandbags to construct impact and slug evidence structures. Sandbags additionally have a long history of utilization for surge control, which shows their inconceivable quality, dampness resistance and usability by amateurs. A major explanation behind the developing prominence of earthbag building is its ease. You can manufacture little arches for $100-$1,000. For $1,000-$5,000 you could have a pleasant, little home that would likely outlive most regular wood-encircled houses, and be calmer and more agreeable.

The building procedure itself is as basic as filling packs with soil, rock or protection, stacking in level courses and packing them strong. Spiked metal is put between courses for added quality and to avert slippage. Earthbags exceed expectations at giving very economical lodging in brutal atmospheres and ranges inclined to fiascos, for example, tropical storms and surges. It's anything but difficult to make bent dividers, arches, roundhouses and different shapes for above review or beneath grade structures, for example, root cellars and storm covers. The building procedures are anything, but difficult to learn and not very many devices are required.

As earthbag building develops significantly, NGOs and different associations are investigating their utilization for crisis covers. A huge number of casualties of wars and catastrophic events require minimal effort lodging and brief safe house. More strong than coverings and more agreeable than tents, earthbags work flawlessly since even untalented specialists can manufacture their particular havens - all without decimating neighborhood assets.

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The impact of natural disaster on human development
May 19, 2017

The impact of natural disaster on human development

Natural disasters are adverse actions that occur as a result of natural occurrences of the earth. Such deadly hazards include volcanoes, tsunamis, and earthquakes. Although they are dangerous to humans, they usually shape the planet and have a great impact on how and where the affected live. The occurrence of this disaster may lead to several adverse effects of which their severity depends on the population of the affected, their resilience, their infrastructure and also their ability to recover from the disaster. In this article, we discuss the impact of those disasters to human development. Read on to learn more.

Displaced Population

Population displacement is one of the most immediate effects of natural disasters. In the event that a country experiences earthquakes, floods and other powerful force of nature, several people have to leave their homes and seek alternative shelter in other places. This may result to a large population of displaced refugee which may disrupt education, clean water, food supplies and accessibility to health care. This may deter their development since they are not able to carry on their initial activities

Scarcity of food

When natural disasters take place, food shortage often occurs. Several affected people go hungry because of destruction of crops, agricultural supplies losses since they cannot afford to sustain themselves during that period in case they happen suddenly or slowly in drought. This can lead to the rising of food prices, which in return reduces the purchasing power of the people. The effect of hunger can be hazardous since it can lead to long life impact to the development of children and severe risk of malt nutrition.

Health Risks

Apart from the immediate danger that the natural disaster may cause, some of the secondary effects can be as well damaging. Flooding, for example, can lead to stagnation of water that can be a potential breeding ground for waterborne diseases and malaria-causing mosquitoes that may affect the human health. Without fast relief from aid organizations and other international well-wishers, several deaths may be experienced in case such flooding occurs. Poor health will affect the daily routine of the affected.

Emotional trauma

Natural disasters can cause trauma particularly to women and young children. When they face destruction scenes and death of family members, loved ones and death of friends they may suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder a condition resulting from excess trauma. If they are not treated the affected may be prone to long-lasting psychological problems and emotional disorders.

Loss of property

Natural disasters can lead to massive loss of personal and public property. Floods, earthquakes, landslides cyclones and volcanic eruptions can lead to massive destruction of homes beyond repair or make the homes to take a long time to be livable again. Personal documents, memorabilia, and vehicles may also be damaged. Public properties such as roads, schools, and religious places may also become inaccessible. This may have a great impact on the lives of the affected people since they may have to start construction and purchasing of the destructed properties, making them stretch further their financial needs in order to go back to the lives they lived before.


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May 19, 2017

What is disaster housing?

People live in a world full of unexpected occurrences which include accidents and natural disasters that can strike anytime day or night. Disasters such as earthquakes, flooding, tsunami, terrorism, wars, hurricanes and much more can force you to move from your homes unexpectedly and seek shelter somewhere else. Many places which are prone to disasters have adopted disaster housing to shelter refugees and people in case of a disaster.

Disaster houses are temporary shelters constructed to house people for a limited period of time when disasters force them to move away from their residential areas. If you are interested there is a great ted talk by Michael Mcdaniel on disaster housing. They are usually constructed by the government or charity organizations and only offer shelter for a limited period of time. Fema actually offers a training course on Disaster Related Housing for those people who want to know how to help during a time of crisis. 

Why is disaster housing needed?

For emergency situations

Nobody knows when and where a disaster will strike. It usually gets people by surprise and present people with unexpected emergency situations. Disaster housing helps in such times ensuring people are at least able to get roofs over their heads even if not as comfortable as their previous houses.


Disasters are not things we can avoid and it can strike anytime without warning. Tsunami, floods, earthquakes, hurricanes and other natural disasters are unavoidable. There are other disasters that occur due to human doings such as fire, terrorism, war among others. You can sleep comfortably one night and wake up the next day with nothing if you happen to survive. Whatever the cause or nature of the disaster, preparedness is always necessary. Disaster housing helps in preparation for any disaster that can occur ensuring people get emergency shelters until they can go back home.

Shelter for refugees

Across every nation's borders, there are neighboring nations. They can seek shelter in another state when they have displaced as a result natural disasters. Many states receive refugees and provide shelter and food to them until they can go back to their countries. Disaster housing programs are put into place to ensure refugees get temporary shelters when they enter the borders of another state.

Temporary shelter

A natural disaster such as tsunami, floods or earthquake can sweep out a whole city leaving the surviving people with no roof over their heads. Disaster housing comes to the rescue of such people during these particular times ensuring they have a place to stay at least until new permanent houses can be rebuilt and they can go back to their initial residents.

Fasten the recovery process

Disasters can cause so many traumas to the affected people and bring down the economic stability of a state. The loss of property and loved ones can be so overwhelming and can weigh down most people. Having a place to put your head for a limited time can fasten the recovery process and help people get back to their feet. Disaster housing is put in place for such purposes.

Offer relief

Disaster times cause so many worries and you need to worry about many things starting from food, medication, to shelter. Disaster housing is put in place to ensure they offer relief to the affected persons so that they can focus on the recovery process and getting back to their original homes.





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