Mother nature has been active, more than usual this past decade it seems. With each passing season comes with it the dangers of mother nature. Some places in the U.S. are at a high risk for wildfires, other places it might be earthquakes, and up north it could be a blizzard. You just never know what mother nature is going to do next. All you can do is be prepared.
To prepare for wildfires, you must have an emergency plan. It is not wise to stay and fight an enormous fire with a fire extinguisher. Have a bug-out-bag packed with water, some non-perishable food, and clothing. Know your escape routes in your home and be observant of the property around your home and neighbor hood for signs of a fire. Furthermore, be on the look-out for possible fire-starters such as long, dry weeds or grass. Take action to maintain the land around your home properly.
Now for earthquakes, they are highly unpredictable. What is predictable, are the known fault lines of the tectonic plates across the earth. Along these lines are where seismic activity is most likely to occur for the two plates rub or bump together, causing an earthquake. How can folks prepare for an earthquake? One way is by doing drills; in the event of an earthquake, it is good to know what places inside are safe to find shelter. Another way to prepare for this natural occurrence, is by preparing your home or place of work. Some structures are fit to withstand strong earthquakes through their reinforced beams and foundation. Earthquake retrofitting for buildings is a common practice nowadays for structures that were built before this advanced building methodology was introduced.
Mother nature can also show her fury in the form of a blizzard. It snows mostly up on the northern half of the united states, and also where there is mountainous terrain. How to withstand a blizzard? Watch or listen to upcoming weather predictions from meteorologists, and plan ahead. Just like in the event of a fire, plan ahead in terms of food and water; make grocery store trips count in the winter, so that you have at least a week’s supply of food in the house. It would be unsafe to go out in a blizzard, especially in a car or truck to run around town doing errands. Invest in show shovel, or a snow plow. Make sure that your home is prepared for lots of snowfall from the roof and what it can withstand, to the insulation in your walls to make sure it is sufficient enough to keep warm.