Five Things To Do When Preparing for a Natural Disaster

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By Lee Flynn

Natural disasters occur infrequently enough that we tend to neglect preparation for them. However, when they occur, they create great tragedies for the majority who are not prepared. Being prepared requires education and time spent buying supplies carefully at the store.

1. Understand Your Local Area’s Natural Disaster Types

Many areas, such as the Midwestern United States, are known for a certain type of natural disaster, such as tornadoes. Tornado preparation is different than preparing for a hurricane. A tornado is smaller, and more likely to cause heavy damage within its small path. A tornado’s wind speeds are over twice as high as a hurricane. Preparing for an earthquake is another whole story. Ask your local university science staff or weather bureau what types of natural disasters your area is at risk for. This can help in planning where to live or what to store in your emergency kit.

2. Have Extra Solutions

If electrical power is suddenly destroyed, having another source of power is useful. Preparation is like the quick decision of someone who is a smoker. Being told to not use normal cigarettes by their doctor might encourage them to try a vape box mod. Being warned of the failure of a first option can encourage the development of a second option. Have your second option available before the first option fails. The second option need not be ideal. It often is not. However, it can do the job that the first option is no longer able to do. This goes for transportation, power, housing, work, and food.

3. Imagine The Worst Case Scenario

Although the worst case scenario is often too scary to try to imagine, preparing for it can give you a big sigh of relief if it does occur. A person who expects a local fault line to eventually give over to a major earthquake will not be troubled when a minor earthquake hits. They will have built their home far away from the problematic fault already. The worst case scenario could be a total loss of bank accounts, destruction of roads, or a nuclear attack. Whatever makes your family want to prepare is helpful.

4. Store Supplies At Home

If the banking system suddenly collapsed, how wealthy would you be? The answer to that question might encourage the purchase of a quality safe. Having some cash and valuables stored at home can be very useful in the event of an emergency. Many sources from war zones report that having things like toilet paper and water filters is like owning a gold mine. To protect supplies from thieves, be careful not to talk too much about your store publicly. Also, have them hidden in a place that is not obvious. Some safes are designed to look like a normal book on a shelf.

5. Do Not Be Too Dependent On Government Authorities

Some governments, like that of Japan, are very good at managing natural disasters. Other governments are less well qualified, like FEMA after Hurricane Katrina. It is good to contact your local government agency to make sure you know where to go and flee during a disaster. It is bad to resort on their help too much. If you do so, they may not be able to help you in a crisis when needed.


A natural disaster is something that no one really wants to see happen. However, if it does, being prepared for it is a very good thing to do. Storing up food and supplies in a cool and dry place is necessary. Having an emergency kit with first aid supplies can make sure that injuries that could occur will be properly treated.