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Preparing for disasters

Updated on September 17, 2008

Every year more and more disasters are striking our homes and our world. Being prepared is essential and important to help protect you and your family if disater does strike. So what should you do to prepare and what type of disasters shold you prepare for. First of all anything can happen at any time but knowing where you live and the history of natural disasters can help you to get prepared. Like if you live in Californa you know your more prone to eartquakes and fires, if in florida hurricans and floods. know where you live and what disaster are most likely to happen. Here are a few tips to help during a natural disater.

Tornado..

Once you here a storm warning, if in US tune into NOAA weather radio for alerts. Right away once a alert has been issued seek imediate refuge in a basement, either your own or a neighbors. As a last resort staying low to the floor in your home. If you are in a car as a tornado approaches, get out and search for shelter indoors. If you are caught in the open lie flat in a ditch or in a depression in the ground, cover your head with your hands.

Flood...

In a flash flood you must get to te highest point you can as fast as possible. Avoid powerlines that may be down, and tryto keep out of the water. As little of 6 iches of water can knock ovr a person or move a vehicle. Don't wait, get up as high and as fast as you possibly can.

Hurrican...

If Hurrican warnings are in effect you should follow any evacuation orders that are sent. Shut down your home, shut off gas, electricity, secure shutters. If you have to stay in your home, secure yourself as best as possible in an interior room cosing all doors and windows.

Earthquake...

Crawl under a sturdy table and cover your head with your arms, keep away from funiture that may fall on top of you or your family. If you do become trapped under debris do not yell out for help unless you have to because you may breath in dangerous gases or dust. Bang on a pipe or somethng else to signal for help. Stay calm until tremors stop.

Stay safe during a disater and be prepared, putrtogether a emergency bag. Make sure yu have bottle water, first aid, a change of clothes, a list of contacts and copies of any important documents or Id you may need, and if possible put away some cash. Discuss with your famiy a safe meeting place in case you are sepreated during the disater. Be safe and get prepared.

For more crisis tips...go to. www.popularmechanics.com/survival

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