No one wants to experience disaster. But there is always a chance for a storm in the downpouring rain. And if you live near the coast, an earthquake might lead to devastating Tsunami. We will never know what is going to hit us even with the current advanced disaster prevention technology. And sometimes, it is not the nature that causes disasters, but the human error does. Anyway, we have to prepare ourselves to face the worst.
Now, let us discuss what calamities hit urban life most frequently what can we do to about them.
Nature is not the one to blame for most of the fires happening in the cities. Human error is the primary factor of fire hazards that can turn many buildings into ashes all at once. One interesting fact is that, according to Los Angeles Fire Department, fireworks have caused more than ninety percents of fire hazards cases. In New York City, there were two notable cases, the Bronx Fire and Hurricane Sandy. Bronx Fire started with a heater left without supervision. It was due to human error. And Hurrican Sandy spread fire and destroyed more than 100 households. It is the example of a nature-related fire hazard. And once nature caused the fire, it hits very hard.
For fire safety plan, you have three steps to do:
- Installing detectors
Smoke alarms detect smoke and heat. It is best to install in rooms you do not visit very often. Combining smoke detectors with combustible gas detectors can provide you the premium protection against fire. Gas detectors will sense the presence of dangerous gas leaks before it ignites a fire.
- Fire extinguishing tools
A fire extinguisher is, of course, necessary for this purpose. Place it in a place where the fire is most likely to happen, such as near the gas pipe or kitchen. You also need to add fire-proof gloves next to it. It will be useful for you to reach through burning things.
- Emergency numbers
And the most important thing to prepare to face a fire hazard is that communications tools to contact the fire department. Spare one cellphone near an exit of your house, and prioritize its use only for an emergency purpose. You also need to save the phone number of local fire damage restoration. They will give you the best assistance for the after hazard.
Landslides are the threats to people who live near a lake or a rive. Houses on the hills or mountainous are also vulnerable to the disaster. A mudslide hit California on January 8, 2018. It claimed more than 17 lives and damaged 100 households. On March 22, 2014, another slide swept through Oso, Washington. 43 deaths and around 50 households were reported.
To minimize the fatality, you have to do these:
- Use the land according to the rules
When the government sets the rules of land use, they have calculated how a building might impact the surrounding environment and vice versa. Erecting a house near drainage ways is forbidden. Steep areas are risky, and so are hill edges.
- Storing supplies
Once you notice that you live in a vulnerable area, you must think of a place to store your emergency supplies. Think for at least three days supplies for your whole family. Gallons of water, canned meals, flashlight, cell phone, dust masks, pliers, and first aid kits should be in the storage.
- Setting protocols
A landslide separates family members away, especially when the slide is occurring. Reaching for each family member is difficult. What to do instead is to prepare everyone in the house to do a protocol for facing landslide. Tell everyone to reach for communication devices placed separately in reachable spots. Then ask everyone to go to the meeting point, which has been determined, calculated, and discussed before the disaster.
Disasters might not be prevented, but it does not mean we cannot minimize the damage. Being prepared for the worst can save both ourselves and our families.…