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Nowhere Is Completely Safe

There are problems and dangers associated with living almost anywhere.  The United States alone is large enough to encompass everything from earthquake and volcanic zones, to places where hurricanes can strike, to Tornado Alley, to blizzards, to floods, to terrorism…the list is almost endless.  Besides these larger disasters and emergencies, there are smaller troubles to be contended with almost anywhere such as electrical outages, disruptions of water or gas, and civil unrest.  While these problems can strike at almost any time, and there is no need to obsess on them, it is also unwise to pretend that nothing can ever happen. Being prepared will help you enjoy the normal times more and leave you ready for whatever may come.

http://disastersurvivalkits.org/sites/default/files/Nowhere%20Is%20Completely%20Safe.jpgHurricanes and Flooding

Hurricanes are extremely destructive tropical storms that bring high winds and water to coastal regions of the eastern United States.  Probably the only good thing about hurricanes is that they give plenty of warning as they approach, thanks to modern tracking methods.  If you live in an area likely to be affected by a hurricane, you should have enough emergency food and water to see you through at least a week of disruption.  At times, it will be necessary to evacuate, too, and you should have survival bags prepared ahead of time to grab as you go.

Flooding often necessitates leaving your home for higher ground. Low-lying areas can be flooded as a result not only of hurricanes and other storms, but also because of snowmelt.  When conditions mean that a flood is likely to occur, be sure to keep your radio tuned to a station that will give you updates.  It would be a good idea to have a radio that does not depend upon electricity, either, but one that has batteries or winds up to provide power.

Earthquakes and Volcanoes

The most susceptible area to earthquakes in the United States lies on the west coast, from California to Washington.  The mountain ranges there are relatively young, and still capable of producing volcanic action, such as Mt. St. Helens.  In addition, there are two seismic plates rubbing against one another along the California coast and in California itself.  If you live in this region, it would definitely be wise if you prepared as much as possible for an earthquake.

You should begin by making your home as safe as possible from earthquake damage.  Cracks in the foundation should be repaired, and anchor bolts should be used to attach your home to the foundation.  Large, heavy appliances, such as stoves and refrigerators should be bolted to the floor to prevent them from falling on anyone during a quake.  Make sure everyone in the family understands about the ‘Triangle of Life’, too.

Tornado Alley

This is a region in the central United States where the most tornadoes strike during the year.  These unpredictable storms can cause immense damage, but there are a few things you can do to keep safe.  Once again, anchor bolts can help to keep your home on the foundation, and it is also possible to use cables that go over the roof of the house and are attached to anchors in the lawn.  While many people consider these to be unsightly, ruins are more so, and these cables can help to keep your home from destruction during a tornado.