Surviving a Natural Disaster, According to the Experts: Part Two

Fagjun | Published 2017-10-01 21:57

Surviving a natural disaster may not be as simple as we think, but preparing well is worth the effort.


This is the second in a two-part series on how to survive a natural disaster.



Food and Water Sources




Running out of water is a very real possibility in times of disaster. If this happens, you of course need to go get more. However, how do you do this? You'll need to learn more about how to gather and disinfect water—something that MacWelch recommends. He also recommends finding the clearest water you can and boiling it for 10 minutes to kill pathogens. Masters, meanwhile, recommends finding groundwater sources and avoiding situations in which you'll sweat and lose water. Faidley also recommends stocking up on purification tablets or chlorine.


If you run out of food, look for canned goods.




Medical Concerns




Surviving a natural disaster entails having a first-aid kit on hand. A first-aid kit should have the basic things you'll need to take care of common maladies or injuries. However, if you have prescription drugs, it may be best to procure extra medication since you might not be able to get some more in the aftermath of a disaster.


Also, if you wade through flood waters with a wound, make sure to wash it out as soon as you're able to. Speaking of walking through flood waters—avoid stepping into waters wherein you can't see the bottom. You might step on a sharp object, which can in turn give you a tetanus infection.



Extended Power Outages




Living without electricity, even for an objectively short period of time, can be unimaginable for a lot of people. However, it's a very real possibility in times of natural disasters. Thus, you're just going to have to do things the old-fashioned way, like using firewood, disinfecting your water, and entertaining yourself by reading actual books or by playing games with actual pieces.


However, you can also travel somewhere nearby that does have power so you can charge your electronics. After all, surviving a natural disaster is entirely possible even without electricity for a few days.


It's also possible that the area you're in has been completely destroyed. In this case, Faidley recommends evacuating to an area that's hasn't been hit as hard by the disaster.



Evacuation and Rescue




What if you need to leave your home, but you don't have nearby family or friends that you can stay with? There's still a number of places you can evacuate to, though you may not be very comfortable. The most obvious one, of course, is a shelter. However, shelters can fill up quickly. Faidley recommends going to an airport, hospital, or places where people are always around.


If you can't evacuate on your own and you're stuck needing help, one thing you can do is drape a white sheet over your roof. You can also cut a cross into the sheet. This will alert air rescuers to your presence and need for assistance. Surviving a natural disaster, especially a devastating one, isn't easy. If you can get yourself out safely, do so. However, you also need to assess you situation well to figure out if you can evacuate yourself or if you'll need help.

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