In 2018, another few thousand people died of fires in Greece, floods in Japan, the storms of India and the earthquake in Papua New Guinea. Social media and the speed with which information flows seem to suggest that there are more disasters than ever. However, it is essential to know what to do if a natural disaster strikes.
We’ve compiled a basic knowledge kit on how to survive a natural disaster. Following these simple tips can make the difference between life and death.
Avoid using contaminated water for drinking and washing
As a result of natural disasters, water can become contaminated. For example, floods fill the water with chemicals, human trash, feces, and animal waste. Ideally, you should have a bottled water source or, if not, try to boil the water. However, keep in mind that, if the water has already been contaminated with toxic chemicals, boiling will never save it.
Try not to sweat too much if you do not have too much water at your fingertips
If you do not have too many sources of drinking water, try to minimize the sweating. To do this, you should reduce physical activity and stay in the shade as much as possible, according to National Geographic. Also, try to wear loose clothing made from lightweight materials. Protect your eyes, head, and hands by wearing hats, sunglasses, and gloves.
Try to keep a radio device with you at all times
Following natural disasters, modern telecommunication devices and lines may fail. For such situations, it’s a good idea to have a radio device powered by batteries. Radio broadcasts can transmit information that is vital to you.
Maintain your body’s temperature at normal levels
To do this, put under your clothes almost anything at your fingertips – crumpled papers, leaves, plastic sheets. If you’re not alone, you can exchange body heat with someone. To transfer the body heat, both of you need to have a few layers of clothes, and you must stay as near to each other as possible. Try hugging.
Do not lock your animals in the house
Most of us tend to lock our pets in the house to protect them. Animals are, however, more likely to survive natural disasters if they are free, thanks to their ability to swim and climb. But if they are locked in cages or in your house, their chances decrease dramatically, because they have no place to flee to shelter.
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Keep calm and do not panic
Panicking is the last thing that you should do in case of a disaster. Try to keep calm especially if other people count on you. With a clear head, you can find a solution to any problem. You won’t be the first, nor the last to survive a disaster, so try to focus on the positive side of things. Also do an inventory of all the things that you have in your possession, like your pockets. You might find things that, at first glance, won’t help you too much, but later on, those things might save you.
Although these tips seem very basic, they can, most often, make the difference between life and death. We may never know when the next big earthquake, tsunami, fire, floods, or even deadly radiations from the Sun will hit, but we can prepare ourselves and learn from other survivors and their past experiences.
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