A natural disaster poses serious risks to your life, liberty and limb. People die, are trapped or injured during and after a natural disaster. Whether a fire, flood or storm, natural disasters are life threatening.
By understanding the causes of natural disasters, we are better equipped to survive. Natural disasters are caused by three factors: the Earth’s movements; weather; and extreme weather. In Africa, extreme heat would be classed as a weather- related disaster. But, a subsequent famine would be the result of extreme weather.
6 Survival Tips for a Storm
- Stay indoors. There is a very real threat from flying debris and broken infrastructure.
- Equalise pressure in your building by opening the windows a couple of centimeters. This will reduce the risk of your building imploding.
- Tie down or lock away outdoor furniture such as tables, chairs and portable bbq equipment.
- Know how to turn off your water, electricity and gas at the mains.
- Make a plan to relocate or protect your household pets.
- Check that your windscreen wipers are working, the petrol tank is full and the spare Tyre is inflated
Remember, during a disaster, people panic. This panic makes people frustrated and they often become violent. Avoid this violence by knowing what to do and when to evacuate.
H.E.A.T. tip: Although lightning hits the tallest object in striking distance, it also strikes metal and electrical surfaces. Do not use your mobile phone whilst outside in a tropical storm.
Learn more survival techniques by joining others on one of our regular H.E.A.T. courses during 2018