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Natural Disasters & You

The forces behind natural disasters have been at work since Earth formed more than four billion years ago. Storms, volcanoes, and earthquakes are completely natural phenomena. Whether they’re disasters or not depends upon the choices we make and how we prepare for and respond to them.

Preparing for Natural Disasters

What natural disasters can happen where you live? Hurricanes? Tornadoes? Earthquakes? The single best thing you can do is be prepared to respond.

  • KNOW what types of disasters could happen and the warning signals and evacuation plans in your community.
  • PREPARE a disaster plan for your household that includes where to meet, who to call, and what to do with pets.
  • PRACTICE your plan to make sure everyone in your household knows what to do.
  • KEEP a disaster supply kit on hand.

Your Disaster Supply Kit

Every household should have a disaster supply kit on hand that includes:

  • A three-day supply of water—one gallon per person, per day.
  • Enough non-perishable food to support your household for three days
  • Shoes and one change of clothing per person
  • Medications
  • Blankets and sleeping bags
  • A first-aid kit
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Battery-powered hazard radio receiver
  • Extra set of car keys and a credit card or cash

These are the basics. It’s also a good idea to include other items such as work gloves, duct tape, breathing masks, and moist towelettes. The Red Cross and other sources sell disaster supply kits pre-packed, or you can put one together yourself.

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World Bicycle Relief

In response to the tsunami of December 26, 2004, the Chicago-based organization World Bicycle Relief has provided families in affected countries—such as this family in Sri Lanka—with bicycles.

Many families lost all means of transportation in the disaster, impairing their access to workplaces, schools, and basic resources. A bicycle can mean the return to independence and livelihood.

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