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Surviving Disasters, Natural or Not

Surviving Disasters, Natural or Not

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As a New Yorker you think, "a natural disaster could never hit here," my friend you are sadly mistaken. We may not have been as impacted by Hurricane Sandy like other states but with the climate and world changing everything can change in the blink of an eye, or by the eye of the storm.

In lieu of the recent events these past couple weeks, and also out of fear and curiosity, I've searched some tips on how to survive natural disasters & facts about them.

Being prepared is half of survival.

Hurricane Season: June - November

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High Risk Areas: Florida, Texas , Louisiana, Atlantic Coast, Gulf of Mexico

Excerpt from: Secrets of Survival

  • ·Secure your home, close storm shutters, and secure outdoor objects or bring them indoors. ...
  • ·Turn off utilities if instructed by authorities to do so
  • ·Stay inside and away from windows, skylights and glass doors. Find a safe area in the home (an interior room, a closet or bathroom on the lower level) Cover yourself with a mattress incase debris falls.

Link: https://www.secretsofsurvival.com/survival/hurricane.html

Tornado Season:

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"A tornado is a violently rotating column of air that extends from a thunderstorm to the ground and is often—although not always—visible as a funnel cloud"

High Risk Areas/Times: Spring and Summer months in Central & Southern plains (but it can happen anytime)

Tips from: NPR.ORG

  • ·Get to a basement, stellar or a lower level
  • ·If you don't have a basement or cannot get to one
  • ·"Find an interior room, hallway or stairwell – the more walls between you and the tornado, the better" (A bathroom or closet)
  • ·Get out of the office &, if you're stuck outside do not try to outrun the tornado. The most important thing is to protect your face and head from flying debris
  • ·Protect yourself from flying debris !
  • ·Cover your head, if you have helmets put them on !
  • ·Move away from windows and close them

Link: http://www.npr.org/2011/05/26/136645164/how-to-survive-a-tornado-plan-ahead-avoid-debris

Earthquake Season:

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All 50 states are susceptible to Earthquakes

High Risk States: Cali, Oregon, Washington, Missouri, Tennessee, Kentucky & South Carolina &

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"Earthquakes can happen at any time of the year and occur without warning, although they usually last less than one minute. Aftershocks following the initial earthquake may occur for hours, days, or even months" - ready.gov

"Drop Cover & Hold On"

  • ·Be aware of the danger zones, things that could potentially fall or move
  • ·Get down on your hands & knees so the Earthquake doesn't knock you down & cover your head & neck to protect yourself from falling debris
  • ·If you can get under a Saturday desk or table and hold it until shaking stops ... for more click the link below

Click the link for more

Link: https://www.ready.gov/earthquakes

Update on Threats of Nuclear War

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North Korea warns of nuclear war if U.S. drill turns to 'actual fighting'

Signs of Nuclear Blast: You’ll know a nuclear bomb went off near you if there’s a sudden flash of bright, white light, which may or may not give you flash blindness if you’re within 50 miles or so of ground zero

  • ·Hide within the densest building material possible. The thicker the better. or heading underground to a cellar, basement, or sub-basement
  • ·Take a shower or wipe down exposed parts of your body with a wet cloth

Click the link below for more:

Link: http://lifehacker.com/where-to-hide-if-a-nuclear-bomb-goes-off-in-your-area-1793493053

 

Be prepared.  

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