The inconvenient truth all over the world nowadays is that due to global warming that causes climate change, we could expect far worse natural disasters in the future. Mega storms and Super typhoons would be a regular occurrence everywhere. This is why the best thing to do is to ultimately prepare for what may happen.
Start at Home
To start with, if you are a responsible homeowner, you would ensure that the foundation of your house stands strong and firm. You must make sure that you have contacted the authorities in your neighborhood and made sure that you have not broken any zoning rules. Your house must be beyond any creeks, rivers or any bodies of waters that could inundate your residence. However, if it can’t be helped and you already live near such bodies of water, make sure that its structures are fortified and that liquefaction of the soil is mitigated should any flooding occur.
Houses are not the only thing that you should insure or fortify. You must also make sure that your automobiles are substantially covered. If you live in the inland states such as in Alabama, where tornadoes might occur, make sure that you have Alabama car insurance. If you live near the coasts like in California and the cities found therein, you should always make sure that your car insurance is updated and that it provides coverage against Acts of God. The weather out there at the coasts can be especially odd and freaky. The earth there doesn’t seem to prove enough support either due to the fact that the San Andreas Fault is moving each day.
Stay in or Bug Out
When a natural disaster strikes, it is of course wise that you stay indoors. However, when there is a felt risk already—where the structural integrity of your home is put in jeopardy. You must be prepared already to get out in a moment’s instance.
For example, torrential rains brought about by hurricanes, storms and tropical typhoons can ultimately lead to a whole lot of flooding. Likewise, these can cause tsunamis or storm surges for residents by the coast.
Other disasters that you should watch out for are brush fires during the dry season, or earthquakes that can occur without a moment’s notice. All these can lead to a hazard inside your very own house. These can endanger your life and the lives of your family. When this happens, you’d better get out—but before you do, you should have a bug out bag.
What exactly is a bug out bag? A bug out bug is basically a small to medium sized rucksack that contains the most basic necessities of survival that would help you for a few days out, while anticipating rescue or assistance. It is wise to have a bug out bag prepared beforehand that you could easily grab and sling at your back during worst case scenarios.
A bug out bag must firstly contain some basic foods that are rich in carbs and sugar. Crackers, biscuits, chocolates and preserves such as jams and peanut butter are ideal since these foodstuffs contain enough kick to get you going. If you can get your hands on some MREs, then you should stock up on these. Having a meal easily and conveniently is extremely important.
Your bug out bag must also contain some handy tools like Swiss knives, flashlights, some rope and a first aid kit containing gauze, iodine, band aids and pretty much anything that can help you clean and treat wounds. It is also wise to stock on some medicine like aspirin and analgesics should you sustain any injuries.
You should pack some light clothing too, a thick blanket that you could sleep in at night and/or coat around yourself. It is absolutely important that you maintain your body’s heat at homeostasis when a disaster strikes. You could not afford the double whammy of trying to outlast a storm while you are having a mind numbing flu.