A natural disaster can happen at any time and anywhere and being prepared for a natural disaster will increase your probability for survival by 85% to 90%. Some disasters give warnings such as a storm preceding a flood. Others, such as earthquakes present no warning. Once a disaster strikes, the time to prepare is gone and all you can do is cope and deal with the situation. Take some time and analyze what you can do to prepare yourself and your family. Or what steps you should take not in case but when a disaster strikes. Anything you do today to prepare for this imminent event will increase the likelihood of survival for you and your family.
During a natural disaster, most people tend to become nervous and can behave out of control. However, it is necessary to take the following steps at home to increase your and your family's chance of survival when a disaster strikes;
* Find the location of utility shutoffs for water, power, and gas.
* Place flashlights or emergency lights close to or next to your breaker panel.
* Place a wrench or a helpful tool in your water meter box located near the street.
* Place or attach any available tool on your gas meter for turning off the gas.
* Evaluate each room in your house. Ask yourself: what will fall on my head and will become a danger, or will keep me from getting out if it fell? Secure anything you find. Hang heavy items such as pictures and mirrors away from beds, couches, and anywhere people sit.
* Fasten shelves securely to walls and place large or heavy objects on lower shelves.
* Store breakable items such as bottled foods, glass, and china in low, closed cabinets with latches.
* Store household chemicals on a bottom shelf of a closed cabinet. Never store bleach and ammonia in the same cabinet. These chemicals, when mixed, will create a toxic gas as deadly as any ever created.
* Identify the best and worst places to be in your house. Remember that you might not have any choice as to where you will be located when a disaster strikes. The best places inside the house are under major beams that are secured to the rest of the structure, or in strong doorways, or inner structural walls. The worst places are in front of windows, or near fireplaces and chimneys.
This article is designed to get you to analyze and think that getting ready for a disaster is not just necessary but also a necessity. A natural disaster is an event guarantee to take place. Preparing yourself and family for such event before it strikes increases over 90% the possibility for survival and the likelihood that you will live to see another day.