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Some Places Are Riskier Than Others

While it is true that no place is absolutely, completely safe, there are areas and regions that can put you and your family at more risk than others.  The first step in emergency preparedness is to make an honest evaluation of where you live.  Do not tell yourself that, “Oh, nothing has happened here in a long time,” this is simply avoidance.  Rather assess possible dangers and then take steps to prepare for them.

What Areas Are The Most Likely To Experience A Disaster?

Geologically active areas, such as coastal Alaska, California, Oregon, Washington state, and states along the Rocky Mountains are all subject to earthquakes, landslides, and possibly volcanic action.  Besides these areas, the region containing the New Madrid fault, and now referred to as the New Madrid Seismic Zone will also put you at risk if you live in any of these states:  Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee.  You should definitely have emergency supplies on hand to provide water, food, light, heat, and shelter.

Coastal regions can provide several opportunities for disasters, and tsunamis caused by earthquakes, landslides, or volcanic activity can cause widespread damage to low-lying areas of the coast.  Coastal areas are also susceptible to storms, and these can be in the form of hurricanes during the warm months or Nor’easters on the upper Atlantic Coast during the winter.

Other Weather Difficulties

Besides hurricanes, there are other weather conditions that can cause serious disruption to life. Tornadoes are immensely destructive storms and can destroy anything in their path.  They are associated with violent thunderstorms, so lightning and heavy rains are also possible.  Flooding can occur as a result of heavy and prolonged rain.

Blizzards can occur in any of the states in the northern half of the country.  These storms are dangerous because they have low temperatures, high winds, and heavy snow.  It is important to stay inside during a blizzard as white out conditions often mean that you will not be able to find your way around even a familiar setting.  People have literally died in their own back yards during a blizzard because they became lost and could not find their back door again.

If you live in areas where these severe conditions can occur, it is only sensible to make sure that you have adequate emerwgency supplies.  You should probably provide enough supplies to last for a week, although longer is always better.

Cities

Cities can provide unique survival conditions.  When a very large disaster occurs, it may be difficult or impossible to leave.  Knowing how to survive in an urban setting will definitely depend on how thoroughly you have prepared.  Water may be impossible to come by, depending on the scope of the disaster.  You should have a gallon per person for at least a week stored in your apartment.   Likewise, you should have emergency food on hand, as supplies to the city may be interrupted.  A means of keeping warm and some form of lighting are also necessary.  Make sure to keep yourself and your family as inconspicuous as possible, and go out only when you have no choice.

And, wherever you are, make sure that you have the means to keep abreast of conditions. A cell phone can help you to keep in touch, too, if the regular phones become inoperable.