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10 Types of Disaster Preparedness – What group are you in?

Evaluate and plan for the disasters that are probable to your location

Disaster preparedness involves considering an array of natural disasters and then taking actions to prevent being in a venerable state.

Disaster preparedness may also involving planning for a manmade disaster which is non-dependent upon natural elements.

Being able to balance the various disaster scenarios when preparing your survival pack is the key to making an effective emergency kit.

Here are 10 types of disasters which should be considered.

The natural disasters which are common

1) Earthquakes

If you look at the growing number of earthquakes across the country, you will realize that this is a very realistic disaster to prepare for.

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Areas which have not had earthquakes in over 100 years are starting to have tremor activity. Those areas which have had a history of earthquakes are seeing the intensity of such earthquakes grow.

In such situations, you need to be able to navigate around a great deal of structural damage as well as find an area which is secured from potential natural dangers (such as fallen trees and rockslides).

2) Wildfires

Seasonal wildfires are common to certain geographic locations.

Those which are survivalist may want to re-evaluate their survival spot to ensure that they are not going to be hemmed in should a wildfire break out.

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Those which are in such areas should also consider how the fires may spread based upon wind conditions as well as from former fires.

3) Tornados

Tornados are one of the most unpredictable natural disasters. Yet, there are a few ways in which you can be ready.

Preppers should have plenty of water, an emergency kit that goes beyond just the small band aids and Neosporin.

If you live in an area that is prone to tornados, you should know the areas which see the most activity.

Focus on finding routes to your survival spot which are as far away from such areas as possible.

4) Hurricane

Hurricanes are a bit more predictable as the paths are seen while they are off shore.

In most cases you can board up and prevent a great deal of the damage to your home.

However, you cannot be 100% protected just from such methods.

You should prepare for extreme water damage, fallen trees and other debris, as well as for loss of electricity and water.

5) Snow and Freezing conditions

Recent events have shown us that there is no geographical location which is free from having a winter storm, even if it is not “winter”. 

New York still has now melting in some areas from the winter storm they received and in the past the southern states have seen snow storms as late as April.

States where snow is a typical part of the year should have an emergency kit in place to:

  • Create access (egress) from the home
  • Provide heat
  • Reduce water damage from melting snow
  • Purify water as water may become unavailable
  • Provide food until food can be found

6) Lightning

Lightning is vastly underestimated as a natural force to be prepared for.

Yet, many house fires, land, and damage is caused by such.

Lightning can strike outside of a residence and travel through a house quickly causing the loss of electricity and water as well as structural damage.

Preparing for such a disaster can include routing your ground wires away from your house.

Keep in mind that if you are using more than one ground that your system will need to ensure that they do not cancel each other out.

7) Flooding

Disaster preparedness for flooding would require that you plan to evacuate your home.

As such, you will need to have your emergency kit in the top most part of your house from which you can evacuate (if you cannot get onto the roof from the attic do not put the pack there).

If you do not know how to swim, you should take courses in order to prepare yourself for such a disaster, mobility will be your key survival preparation.

You will also need to focus on a clean water source as well as food.

Flood waters will not be suitable for drinking as they will be an agglomeration of water, waste, and the dead.

8) Mudslides

Mudslides come without much warning. Yet, you can prepare for such a disaster.

An area which has the danger of a mudslide should have retaining walls added which can withstand a great deal of force (concrete is preferred over wood).

For extra protection, you may want to consider building a mud ravine with a retaining wall on the residential side.

In the event of a mudslide, you will not have time to grab your survival pack from inside the house.

You should have your pack stored in a location that can be quickly and easily accessed and one that is not prone to be damaged by a mudslide

Man-made disasters

9) Martial Law

In the event that martial law is declared, you will need to have a bug out spot picked which is appropriate for your environment.

If you are in an area which is dominantly urban, your pack should focus on being able to navigate these spaces undetected.

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Your primary components to your emergency kit should include:

  • Food
  • water
  • shelter
  • and a CV radio.

If your primary location is rural, you should still have those components as the major pieces, but you will also need to ensure that you have an axe and fire starter as well.

10) A complete Economic Collapse

A total economic collapse would mean that the dollar system becomes ineffective.

Those which know how to survive on their own will be at the advantage as they will have a useful skill which can be used to barter and trade.

Those entirely dependent upon commerce will have a lower chance of survival.

Where are you?

Take into consideration your environment and the conditions you need to prepare for will ensure that you have the emergency kit that is more apt to maximize your chances of survival if a disaster occurs.

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James Allen
 

James Allen entered the scene of Emergency Preparedness at the age of 12 when he joined the Boy Scouts of America, eventually earning his Eagle Scout Badge at the age of 17. Also at 17, he joined his local Civil Air Patrol squadron and became active in their ground search and rescue team, where he tucked several Missing Person searches and Downed Aircraft searches under his belt, as well as accompanying his team to respond to Katrina in Mississippi. He eventually received training in the squadrons SAR air crew roles, and was appointed Emergency Services Training Officer, until he left the volunteer organization out of obligations to work and family. He began serious “Prepping” with the birth of his daughter in 2012.

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Peter Smythe - November 15, 2016

List includes “Complete economic collapse” but doesn’t mention nuclear weapons?

I mean, as SHTF scenarios go, nukes are downright probable. The fiery hellscape they’d leave in their wake, the destruction of infrastructure, such as hospitals, and the fallout would present unique hazards.

There should be two different scenarios here: nuclear terrorism in your city and thermonuclear exchange.

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