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.