How Prepared Are You For a Natural Disaster?

@gtargirl (5385)
United States
August 23, 2011 10:39pm CST
So earthquakes on the east coast of the USA and I'm pretty sure no one was prepared for that. Well, at least, most were not prepared. They don't usually get earthquakes in Washington and neighboring states. In California we get earthquakes all the time but I still wonder how prepared we are. Or what if we got a hurricane in CA? God forbid. And how prepared are you if you live in hurricane alley? By the way, I'm glad there was no major damage and more importantly, no loss of life. Now it's time to pray that the hurricane stays away. In any case, how prepared are you for a natural disaster?
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@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
24 Aug 11
Wow, I thought I had saved a link in how to prepare for an earthquake, because I suspected Ohio might be affected by an earthquake sometime, but I can't find the link now..:( I was too far west to feel it though, but in the city, 40 miles from me, I read that people did feel it..SO I better go and see if I can find that link again..
• United States
24 Aug 11
Whew, I found it...http://earthquake.usgs.gov/prepare/ Now I can prepare..:D
@besthope44 (12145)
• India
24 Aug 11
Thats a great site! It helped many times for our neighbours to know the risk of quakes. This is a useful site and recommended to my friends as well! Thanks for sharing this here!
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• United States
24 Aug 11
I am just glad I found it again, besthope..Though I didn't feel it, who is to say it won't happen closer to me, I needed to recall how to prepare because it has been a least a year or longer since the site was shared with me..
@ShepherdSpy (8562)
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
24 Aug 11
So long as my house survives,I have a working fireplace and a Propane cooker..and if not,I have a Tent! I was hearing predictions this hurricane could be moving up the East coast..
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
25 Aug 11
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@jpso138 (7868)
• Philippines
28 Aug 11
Luckily our country is never hit by any tornadoes nor hurricane. We do have our share of some disasters like earthquake and typhoon. Should a big incident happen, I believe we are not that prepared. There are many things that we have to take into account and one of them is our government. There are a lot of corruption and instead of using this money for development much is wasted to corruption. Another is the attitude of our people. We are not that keen on safety awareness and naturally most of us do not consider preparation. Although in the last couple of years, we have seen some developments on how people react to upcoming disasters, still I can say that we are not that prepared.
• Philippines
25 Aug 11
When it comes to Earthquakes, since nothing can predict it but can measure the speed, we are not prepared for it. But when it comes to Typhoon and Tsunami warnings I think here in our country we are prepared. We have been through many natural disaster and for sure we learned from our mistakes in the past although there are still people who cannot survive it. BUt when it comes to Hurricane, we hardly have like that, but there are instances but actually it is seldom as we have few rice fields and open fields here. When there is typhoon coming, my family prepared some foods that we can eat for a week and we prepare medicines and we keep some of our things to be saved from flood.
@algimy (1)
• Indonesia
25 Aug 11
I hope to my brother and my sisters that am aresident over there that always alert,that if happening at call earth quake or huricane can shortly save self and take shelter at safe place
• Philippines
25 Aug 11
Honestly, my family is not prepared for any natural disaster. But I just told them that whenever there will be any disaster, we should not panic because when we panic, we can't think of the right thing to do. But of course it is always best to be ready always.
@whatrow (793)
• United States
24 Aug 11
I am trying to build an emergency kit of basic supplies that I would have to have if I were forced out of my house--blankets, extra clothing, lights, batteries, food, etc.
• United States
24 Aug 11
I live in Puerto Rico, this past Monday a hurricane came through the island, hurricane Irene did. It did take us by surprise, but we quickly gathered all the necessities (water, canned food, etc.) luckily there was not that much damage, just floods, trees falling over, but no lives were lost. Only thing I disliked was...We had no power so I couldn't post on mylot for a day or two.
@besthope44 (12145)
• India
24 Aug 11
I feel learning the preparations and getting ourselves aware of these disasters can help sometimes ourselves or our family. Since its nature and its disasters, we can try our level best to safeguard and our dear ones! Rest is prayers!
@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
24 Aug 11
THat was quit a shock to hear about that eathquake aadn most people on a fault line osrt of know wht to do but they lose all reason when it happens. One hit in Yellowstone Park many years ago and it move mend my bed aroun in Utah. Was in Indiana a shock went thru I thought I had slammed the door toa glass shop that rattled the glass wear. LIving her in the desrt I know we have them but never felt one so far. Have drove thru tornados sand storms both sort of scary but ya do what ya hae to do
@ebuscat (5949)
• Philippines
24 Aug 11
For me by doing the things like I want to be more conscious but in my case I will be prepared for the things it is happened but I don't know what to do if it is done.
@veedee13 (242)
• United States
24 Aug 11
Me and my family live in CA and i know it is prone to earthquakes.I know exactly what to do when a natural disaster occurs but i'm scared that my family doesnt.I would love to teach them but they have this thinking that it won't happen.I just pray now that nothing happens.
@celticeagle (120598)
• Boise, Idaho
24 Aug 11
I don't feel that I am prepared. No place to store any food except in our kitchen cupboards and frig. If power goes out we are eating whats in there first and hope we don't get sick. I mean really! Water worries me. I always have alittle extra water in my room but not much. Like a Gatorade bottle extra is all. I don't live in Hurricane Alley but I am always afraid of invasion after seeing one Chuck Norris movie afew years back. Toxins and poisons from our enemies. All things I think about. Scarey! I am at an age it doesn't matter but my grandson and my daughter. That worries me.
@daud4ms (218)
• United Arab Emirates
24 Aug 11
well, I keep all my important things at one place, which can be easily carried out.
• Philippines
24 Aug 11
Basically, I am not really prepared for natural disasters. I don't have money in the bank and no underground cell or house. But what I do make preparations by praying constantly, asking that we will be spared. If the time comes, I would continue on praying. That's how I prepare.
@jennybianca (12914)
• Australia
24 Aug 11
This is a good question, as Australia, and indeed many parts of the world have had their fill of natural disasters this year. At the beginning of each summer here, we are supposed to prepare for bush fires, and we have bad ones.. devastating fires. But of course many people believe it won't happen to them, until it is too late, and over 200 people die when a wild fire rips through a community. I lived in high fire danger zone for 20 years. This is not extreme or catastrphic like other areas. I have to have bushfire plan prepared, which was basicly to evacuate the night before if conditins are predicted extreme for the following day. Mostly though, I could stay home for a while on extreme danger days, but have everything ready to evacuate. This includes pets. We needed to have water resources prepared, trees and scrub cleared, gutters cleaned, and an evacutaion site identified. For me that was easy, as I live close to a safe area. Apart from bushfires, australia has massive flooding, and hurricanes. My city is a moderate risk for an earthquake and we are overdue.
@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
24 Aug 11
I am not really prepared at all for a natural disaster. I do have some things in case one should occur but as far as getting to everything quickly, I am not prepared.
@GardenGerty (104430)
• United States
24 Aug 11
I have some water stored, but not enough, really. I have food that can be eaten cold that has pop top lids. I do not have a generator, but would like one. I am right in the middle in Tornado alley. I have pet food. No medicines to take, but I do have basic first aid stuff and hand sanitizer and paper towels, etc. Small tool box. I am just not sure, but I do know how to pray.
@Awinds (2472)
• United States
24 Aug 11
Where I live is pretty good for eluding natural disasters. We don't have to worry about tornadoes, flooding, landslides or anything like that if one lives in the valley in the western side of the state. The only thing to worry about is small earthquakes or Yellowstone blowing up. Now I used to buy lots of canned food and bottled water in the gallons. But the 2008 recession hit and I couldn't just afford to do that anymore. I just hope and pray that nothing happens. So far I have been lucky. :)