Sep 04, 2012

Every year, stories pour in describing the devastated circumstances of those in the path of natural disasters. Several escape unscathed from the storm, but too many aren’t as lucky. Unfortunately, in terms of being in the path of a storm, luck has everything to do with it. Those affected most are often caught off guard. They could not or did not know how to handle it at the time. For the latter, imagine how things may have been different if they had been better prepared.

September marks the beginning of National Emergency Preparedness Month. Throughout the month, we are encouraged to prepare for emergency situations. Whether they are natural, economic or foreign, we should be prepared at all times for disaster. The best time to prepare is now. A disaster can happen at any time.

1)      What disasters do I need to be aware of? Be informed. Do your homework. Find out what natural disasters are common in your area. In terms of economics, learn from history’s mistakes. Recognize the seven years of economic plenty before the seven years of famine. Notice when you’re doing well and begin to save. Using the information you’ve gathered, identify the threats most likely to impact you. The more aware you are of threats, the better off you’ll be should it happen.

2)      What are the signs of these dangers? Learn the warning signs of natural economic and foreign dangers and begin looking for them.  The weather, economy or politics create patterns more than they create anomalies. For example, a tropical storm is predicted by change in air pressure and temperature.

3)      How do I best prepare for those disasters? Put your knowledge into action. Start preparing for each threat. If you live along tornado alley, you may need to build a good storm cellar. If you live in a city along the coast, consider drawing out a detailed escape route to high ground should a tidal wave flood the city.

National Emergency Preparedness Month is a good time to set a plan to prepare your lives. If you are looking for some ideas in any of these areas, this website has a lot of useful resources to look into. 

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