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We won’t know when the next disaster will strike. Weather predictions may give us a heads-up on incoming typhoons or drought, but that doesn’t lessen the possible damage they will cause. Earthquakes are unpredictable and tsunamis are—a lot of times—inescapable. That’s why it’s best to always be prepared to survive a natural disaster.
Here are some tips for coping and staying safe when a natural calamity strikes.
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Make a survival kit
Having a survival kit is crucial to ensure that you have the basic things you need during a calamity. Supplies inside the kit—food, water, flashlight, money, medicine, etc—should last you for at least 72 hours. Having blankets, extra batteries, and important documents will come in handy as well.
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Communicate through text
In the event that you’re not at home during a natural disaster, you will likely contact your friends and family to check their condition. Reader’s Digests says the best way to do so is to send them a text message instead of calling them. Calamities can disrupt cellular networks so a call may not get through. Not only will a text likely get through a disrupted connection, but it will also free up phone lines needed by rescuers.
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There are instances when people need to evacuate during or after a calamity. Authorities advise citizens to move to a safer place. It’s best to follow this advice to ensure the safety of everyone.
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Avoid dangerous-looking area
This includes deep waters during floods, cracked pavement after an earthquake, or open areas during typhoons. Deep waters get contaminated with bacteria and chemicals from sewers, so stepping in them may lead to infection especially if you have a cut or wound.
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Practice. Practice. Practice.
Earthquake and fire drills are conducted to help people be prepared when these calamities strike. These also train people on what to do and where to go in case of emergencies. Running through these emergency procedures regularly ensures that everyone is ready and lessens stress during natural disasters.
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Remember your pets
If you have a pet at home, be sure that you also stock up on food and medication for them in your survival kit. Business Insider, an American financial and business news, says that it’s better to let the pet loose instead of having them tied or caged when you can’t find proper shelter for them. It’s the last resort to ensure they are safe and it gives them a higher chance of surviving a natural disaster.
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It’s never too early to make plans that will ensure your survival. Plot a route for emergency exits, determine safe locations, and make a checklist of the things you need to take during an evacuation. Families that have kids should also ask what the children would like to take with them in case they move out. Whatever it may be—a blanket, stuffed animal, or a toy—Reader’s Digest says it could be all it takes to calm them down during a crisis.