Weather Disasters -- Are You Prepared?
If a major disaster befalls your area, it likely will be several days at minimum before vital services are restored. Factor #1, the disaster happened to your local emergency crews as well.
Many of the complications begin prior to the disaster, during evacuation. In the recent Japanese earthquake a substantial number of tsunami victims were trapped in traffic jams trying to evacuate. Roads transform into parking lots as people evacuate prior to the event, and they often are impassable afterward -- damaged, blocked by live wires and fallen trees, or dangerously chaotic with no working traffic signals. When the supply trucks can't make it in, food and gas shortages arise and the ports can even be closed.
Electricity is either disabled by the event itself or intentionally shut down by the provider. Stores and homes lose their ability to cool and preserve perishable food. Central water can become polluted, phone lines downed and cell phone towers damaged or their service overwhelmed. Curfews are imposed. Flooding creates life-threatening sanitation issues with both septic and sewer systems.
In a lifetime spent living near the Atlantic Ocean, we have experienced this nightmare several times after hurricanes--mild compared to a Haiti or Japan--and the first time here in sunny Florida were not as well-prepared as we might have been. www.72hours.org is a San-Francisco based web-site that will help you to prepare yourself--as well as any elderly, infirm, children and pets in your household--for an emergency. You can also learn what to do in response to a specific disaster, like a tsunami, earthquake, terror attack, evacuation, contagious disease and more. Forewarned is forearmed.
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