How Would You Cope if Disaster Hits? - How Emergency Planning Could Save Your Life
Worldwide extreme weather events are on the rise as a consequence of global warming, with an increasing number of people being at risk of the effects of storms, flooding and other meteorological disasters.
Hurricane Sandy Weather Image - Image from telegraph.co.uk
Disaster relief is something most people associate with third world countries but the 2011 earthquake in Tōhoku, Japan and 2012’s Hurricane Sandy, which left much of New York city flooded and without power, demonstrate that even wealthy countries with well developed infrastructures can suffer catastrophic consequences when hit by a natural disaster.
Disasters don’t have to be on the scale of earthquakes and tsunamis to put life at risk. The super cell storm that hit northeast England in 2012 caused flash flooding, power cuts and left thousands of people stranded in their offices as it hit at rush hour. Every year in the UK people die in floods and cold weather snaps and in most cases these deaths are completely preventable.
The most important thing you can do to protect yourself and your family against the threat of natural disaster is to make sure you are prepared. Hopefully, you will never face a disaster, but having an effective plan in place and investing in some equipment, such as a survival water purification system, can really mean the difference between life and death.
Image showing Flooding - Image from Tnau Agriculture
You should first assess the most common risks that may affect you. Millions of people in the UK live in flood-prone areas and flooding is one of the most frequent consequences of extreme weather there. High winds, abnormally low temperatures and winter storms also pose risks, along with man-made threats such as chemical spills, nuclear incidents and terrorist attacks.
One of the easiest ways to prepare for disaster is by creating a kit containing life-saving provisions and equipment you can use in the event of a disaster. In such a kit you can store medical supplies, non-perishable food and water or an emergency water purification system that can be used to make contaminated water supplies drinkable.
Ensuring access to clean water is one of the most effective ways of protecting your health in the aftermath of a disaster. Water supplies are easily contaminated by flooding and other natural disasters and in the rush to acquire bottled water, supplies often run low. You can protect yourself as well as taking some of the pressure off disaster relief efforts by investing in a water purification system such as the LIFESAVER bottle or jerrycan, which filters out pathogens in contaminated water, making it sterile and safe to drink.
Staying informed of the potential risks and having an adequate plan for dealing with disaster, including an emergency kit is the best way that you can prepare yourself for the worst-case scenario. Spending a little time on preparation now could save the life of you and your family members later.