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Natural Disasters – How to Be Prepared

Courtesy appomattoxnews.com

Courtesy appomattoxnews.com

With the recent tornadoes in Tuscaloosa and Joplin—and even Massachusetts—comes the realization that we need to be prepared for disasters and emergencies well before they actually strike. A little preparation can help you weather the storm, and might even save your life, in the event of a flood, tornado, or other emergency. Maybe even a zombie attack, according to this recent CDC blog post.

It turns out that the steps of preparation you should take for a zombie apocalypse are the same for lots of other disasters—stocking up on water and food, keeping household sanitation and first aid items handy, and securing important documents. Some disasters have special additional preparations, of course. Here are some extra things you can do to protect yourself and your family in the face of—

  • Floods: learn flood terminology to help you understand emergency broadcasts; seal walls in basements with waterproof materials; try to move the furnace, water heater and electric panel if they’re in a place that’s in danger of flood; and make sure your essential items are located on the second floor if possible.
  • Tornadoes: create and communicate a family plan for what you’ll do in the event of a tornado—and practice it and have a radio with back-up batteries.

For more information, check out Ready.gov and 72hours.org.

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