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Natural Disaster Weather Earthquake Fire Flood Hurricane Tornado

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Have you recently experienced a weather disaster? Most of us probably prefer pleasant weather and wish to never endure a tragedy pertaining to weather; unfortunately, we all have to undergo weather-related problems at some point. It is correct that we cannot control the weather; however, we can control how we prepare for it and deal with it. You will learn how to prepare for and deal with natural disasters and horrible weather.


Tornadoes are phenomena that involve rain and very strong swirling winds. In fact, we can refer to a tornado as a cyclone. If you know a tornado is coming to your area while you are inside a building, go to the basement or underground floor after you grab your identification documents and any other valuables you would have a very hard time doing without. Take all of your family members and pets with you to the lowest floor. If there are windows where you are indoors, squat down on your knees and bring your head toward your knees with your hands holding the back of your head.

If a tornado approaches while you are outside away from a building, lie down on the ground away from trees and poles. If a tornado is coming while you are driving, get out of your vehicle and take shelter or lie flat on the ground elsewhere..


It is a worthy idea to consider bolting your television sets and other fragile appliances and objects to the walls in your home. If you feel the earth vibrating or shaking, move away from windows and get down on the floor. Always brace for the possibility of an aftershock after an earthquake occurs. If any part of your home is loose or unstable after a major earthquake occurs, go elsewhere until it is safe to go back home.

Hurricanes and Floods

Please adhere to the wisdom to not move to a flood plain, or an area that is very close to a river or ocean. If you already live in a flood plain when a hurricane arrives or you live elsewhere but a hurricane is powerful enough to reach you, evacuate immediately once storm warnings are issued or animals in the area start acting strangely. Once you evacuate your home, do not go back until officials declare it is safe to do so. If you have time to prepare for a minor flood, stack the sides of your home with sandbags to prevent some water from entering your home.


Always have a working smoke alarm inside your home. Do not leave candles or use space heaters near flammable materials such as curtains. Do not go to sleep with candles burning or space heaters operating. Never use a clothes dryer without emptying the lint filter first. Do not smoke inside your home. If a small fire occurs in your home, douse it with a blanket, water or a fire extinguisher. If a major fire occurs, alert your entire family and exit your home through the closest door or window.

Sleet, Freezing Rain and Ice on the Ground

If you do not have to go anywhere, stay inside during a storm involving sleet or freezing rain. If you are already outside and there is ice on flat surfaces such as parking lots, walk like a penguin with your hands held straight out. If you must go up an icy incline, crawl. Keep in mind that it is safer to walk on icy grass than it is to walk on an icy sidewalk.

Follow these tips to deal with natural disasters!

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