Keeping Yourself and Your Family Safe During Natural Disasters

1. Tornadoes

Around 1,000 tornadoes are recorded every year in the United States. This tops the list of countries that are frequented by tornadoes. To keep yourself safe from tornadoes, you must ensure that heavy objects are on the floor, secure doors and windows, and replace them if needed-same with roofing. Stay indoors, and don’t forget to cut or trim trees that could potentially damage properties.

2. Hurricanes

Hurricanes are worse than tornadoes in terms of size, damage, and duration. We can keep ourselves safe during hurricanes by watching the news and keeping abreast of what needs to be done. Stay inside as much as possible. If the authorities require you to evacuate, listen to them immediately and evacuate to the designated evacuation center. You must also prepare an emergency kit.

3. Extreme Heat

Extreme heat includes a temperature of above 90 degrees for two to three days. Persons at risk for extreme heat are the elderly, children, sick, overweight individuals. To keep ourselves safe from heat-related illness, we must wear light, breathable clothing, stay hydrated, use insulators, cover the windows with curtains or blinds, take baths, and use air conditioning.

4. Floods

5. Wildfire

A wildfire is an uncontrolled and unplanned fire that razes forests or grasslands. It can quickly reach the community if not controlled as soon as possible. What you can do is to watch them and evacuate as required. You also have to keep an eye out for flammable materials near your home, such as leaves and alcohol. Wear an N95 mask to protect yourself from the smoke and prepare an emergency kit that allows you to address minor medical issues of your family.

6. Winter Storms

A winter storm is caused by sleet, snow, and freezing rain as precipitation. Winter storms can cause death, accidents, and heart attacks. To stay safe during winter storms, we must keep ourselves as warm as possible, avoid being in the cold for too long, and drink hot beverages. We must also keep abreast of current events by watching the news or listening to the radio for instructions from the authorities. Keep your pets inside the house as well.

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