Natural disasters have caused significant amounts of destruction throughout the history of the world. In only the past century, millions of people have been killed as a result of nature's activities.
Even with modern technology, everyone is still subject to the antics of the earth around us. The tenth most deadly natural disaster in the past century occurred in Turkmen SSR.
In October of 1948, an earthquake struck Ashgabat. Over 120,000 people died as a result of the earthquake.
The ninth most deadly natural disaster during the past one hundred years occurred in April of 1991 in Bangladesh when a cyclone struck. The cyclone killed over 138,000 people.
The eighth most deadly natural disaster happened quite recently in Myanmar in May of 2008. Another cyclone took the lives of over 138,000 people again.
The seventh greatest natural disaster occurred in September of 1923 when an earthquake killed 142,000 people. This earthquake was called the Great Kanto earthquake and it struck in Japan.
The most recent earthquake in Haiti is the sixth most deadly natural disaster. It occurred in January of 2010 and killed about 225,000 people.
The fifth most deadly natural disaster occurred in December of 2004 when an Indian Ocean Tsunami hit Indonesia. This tsunami killed over 230,000 people.
The fourth greatest natural disaster was the Haiyuan earthquake of 1920. This earthquake struck China during December and killed about 234,000 people.
China was hit again by the Tangshan earthquake in July of 1976. This earthquake killed 300,000 people making it the third most deadly natural disaster in the past century.
The second deadliest disaster in the past century around the world occurred in East Pakistan. In this disaster another cyclone struck in November of 1970 which killed 500,000 people.
The number one deadliest disaster was by far the floods of China in 1931. These floods killed 1,000,000 to 2,500,000 people.
Many natural disasters have killed thousands of people throughout the past century. While none of the major disasters have struck the United States, many disasters have occurred here.
Personal preparation can significantly improve your chances of survival when a disaster does strike your area. The first thing you will need to do to properly prepare your family to survive is to create a 72 hour kit for each family member.
These emergency kits should contain food, water, clothing, medical supplies, a radio, a cell phone, and other personal necessities. The food that you pack in these kits should be non-perishable and well packaged.
This food may need to sit on the shelf for a long time before it is used. However, when you do need it, you will need it to still be good.
One of the best options for food to store for a long time is freeze dried food. Freeze dried food will keep for a very long time, is very easy to prepare, tastes delicious, and is light and easy to pack.
Freeze dried food simply takes water to reconstitute and it is ready to eat. There are also many different meals to choose from so that even the most picky eaters should be able to find something he or she likes.
However, canned food, MRE's and other types of food storage will also work well. Remember that as you pack the kits, your children will have to be able to carry their own packs.
If an emergency occurs, you will not be able to carry everything. In addition, if they get separated from you, they will have their supplies with them.
With these supplies, they may be able to survive and find each you again. The general rule for how much water you should store for an emergency is one gallon per person per day.
This amount of water should cover what you need for cooking, drinking, and cleaning when other sources of clean water are not available. Of course, three gallons of water will not fit into an emergency kit you will take with you.
Instead, pack as many water bottles as is feasible into the bag and store the gallons on the side in case you can return to your home after the disaster. A radio is also important so that you can stay connected with what is going on and follow the official's directions for what to do to stay safe.
In addition, knowledge of potential disasters that are most likely to strike you area will help you know what to do during an emergency. Having a plan you can set in action at the first sign of danger will be critical to your survival.