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What To Do During An Earthquake Or Tsunami Disaster

Updated on April 12, 2012

What To Do During An Earthquake Or Disaster

I believe in being prepared for anything. Especially with all of the talk pertaining to the fears of all of the recent disasters, where earthquakes have plagued and devastated other countries.

The U.S. is holding its' breath, knowing that a major earthquake will soon hit our country. The question is. How prepared are we as a nation to deal with such devastation? Ask yourself. How prepared are you, if and when you have to deal with or attempt to live through a disaster?

I do not have an answer for that, but I do know that I will be prepared. I do not go into anything without a plan.The best way to prepare for anything, good or bad, is to be prepared for anything.

I for one, do not believe that these earthquakes are flukes of nature, or random occurrences. I believe all of the earthquakes, are building up to a much larger event that will cascade into something far worse than what we have seen in the past. These earthquakes have triggered massive Tsunami's as well.

I do not want to alarm or scare anybody, but when you prepare for something, the chances are greater that you and your family will survive a disaster.

Here are some tips and advice you can use to survive disasters.

*Plan ahead

*Avoid being in the path of the disaster - For example, when there is an earthquake, get out of the general area, or if you are caught in the midst, get clear of buildings, falling debris, etc. When there is hurricanes, or floods, move inland to higher ground, etc. Think about the disaster before it occurs.

*Know where your escape routes exist. Always have primary and secondary escape routes.

*Don't stand there watching the disaster unfold, I once saw some video of people on a beach watching the tide going out to sea, when you see the tide going out to sea, you should not be standing there watching it, you you should be looking for higher ground! When you see the tide going out to sea, that means, an earthquake has occurred on the seabed, a tsunami has been triggered, and you have very little time, before I HUGE tidal wave is about to crash inland on top of you in that area.

*Always run mock drills pertinent to what you will do in case of disaster, such as tornadoes, fires, hurricanes,floods earthquakes, terrorist attacks,etc.

*Know how to contact your family, and know how to bring them all together, and have a central place you ALL can meet to evade a disaster.

*Adhere to a precise time schedule, know where you are going, when you are suppose to get there, and by what mode of travel you will anticipate needing or using at that time

*Travel light, only take essentials

*Food and water is a must - take dried or freeze dried foods, and canned goods, and bottled water

*Handheld GPS or Compass

*Carry an emergency radio with you during a disaster. A shortwave radio is also essential, even some hand held walkie talkies should be part of your survival kit, and invest a couple hundred dollars into a adequate GPS device as well. Also, keep a compass on hand, just in case your batteries die, or there is a problem with your GPS communicating with the GPS satellites

*Verify that you have a First Aid Kit

*Know where the closest emergency shelter is to your area.

*Never wait for emergency workers to tell you to evacuate your home, leave your home before the disaster hits,or just be prepared to leave your personal possessions, you can always replace what is destroyed, but you can't get a new you, or your family back, once they or you are lost.

*Anticipate the unexpected, be aware of what is taking place around you.

Last but not least, remain composed, and know how to act according to the various mock drills you have ran through pertaining to certain disasters.

Do not run around screaming, "the sky is falling." Be responsible and save you and your family lives, by pre-planning for any disastrous event.

Also, Let us not forgot about the loss of life and devastation that occurred in Japan due to earthquakes and Tsunami's. My prayers and deepest condolences go out to all there who are suffering and living though a true cataclysmic tragedy.

Let's not even be naive in our thinking that what happened in Japan, cannot happen here in the United States. It will happen, it is just a matter of when it will happen and where.

The question remains. Will we be prepared?


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    • CorpGiant profile image

      CorpGiant 7 years ago from Dallas Texas

      You are very Welcome Silver Post. Thanks for replying too!

    • Silver Poet profile image

      Silver Poet 7 years ago from the computer of a midwestern American writer

      Good advice! Thank you for taking the time to set down some ideas.