Adverse effects of climate change, catastrophic solar radiations, hurricanes, floods mentioned in holy books, any of those natural disasters have the power and fury to destroy our fragile human lives. Matthew Davies believes that we need to take all the necessary steps and prepare ourselves to be ready to survive through any kind of natural disaster. Here are some of the steps you can take to keep yourself safe and brave through a natural disaster:
Tips & Tricks
- Weather Radio – Hurricanes are one of the most common natural disasters that can affect vast regions. So, you should always carry a battery-powered weather radio. It is a crucial device since it allows you to get evacuation orders from the government and lets you receive survival instructions during any natural disaster. It also keeps you updated on the weather situations until you get the “all-clear” signal.
- Strengthen your property – To be on the safe side, you should also protect your house. Install shutters and reinforce the panels on your windows and doors. Don’t forget to secure the roof either.
- Driving is a bad idea – If you find yourself driving during the start of a hurricane, get out of your vehicle immediately and go to a nearby building or ditch to shelter yourself. Overpasses aren’t secure and are prone to damage so stay away from those areas.
- Survival Kit – Whether you are living in a disaster-prone area or not, you should always have a survival kit that can sustain you and your family for a few days in the event of a catastrophic disaster. It should contain essential food supplies that don’t degrade easily, plenty of drinking water, essential tools, clothes, camping supplies, and more. Don’t pack too much or too little either. Pack things that are light enough for you to carry and run if necessary.
- Life preservers and an ax at the attic or top floor – During Hurricane Katrina, houses were flooded, and many people unfortunately drowned after getting trapped inside their attic. It is better to get out of your home and reach for the roof in the event of flooding, but if you are at the attic those supplies, and an ax can be lifesavers when the water reaches dangerous levels.
- LED headlamps that are waterproof – Headlamps aren’t just indispensable for industrial workers, but also great survival tools. They keep your hands free for intense manual labor and for carrying things. LED bulbs in the lamps have obvious advantages since they are highly efficient and have higher longevity. That means you won’t have to deal with scorching temperature over your skull and you can get light for longer periods out of each battery.
Matthew Davies suggests that along with the above-mentioned steps and precautions, you should also have a disaster plan discussed with your friends, family, and other people in town. You should decide on a safe meeting spot on high ground so that your loved ones and community can come together to help each other with resources and mental support during a natural disaster.