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We can not stop disasters but we can arm ourselves with knowledge. Basic kits, emergency food and water, disaster drills, checklists and contacts save lives from disasters.

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A disaster is a sudden, calamitous event that seriously disrupts the functioning of a community or society and causes human, material, and economic or environmental losses that exceed the community’s or society’s ability to cope using its own resources. Though often caused by nature, disasters can have human origins.

Natural hazards are naturally occurring physical phenomena caused either by rapid or slow onset events which can be geophysical (earthquakes, landslides, tsunamis and volcanic activity), hydrological (avalanches and floods), climatological (extreme temperatures, drought and wildfires), meteorological (cyclones and storms/wave surges) or biological (disease epidemics and insect/animal plagues).

Technological or man-made hazards (complex emergencies/conflicts, famine, displaced populations, industrial accidents and transport accidents) are events that are caused by humans and occur in or close to human settlements. This can include environmental degradation, pollution and accidents.Technological or man-made hazards (complex emergencies/conflicts, famine, displaced populations, industrial accidents and transport accidents)

Other hazards include climate change, unplanned-urbanization, under-development/poverty as well as the threat of pandemics, that will shape humanitarian assistance in the future. These aggravating factors will result in increased frequency, complexity and severity of disasters.


From International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

Seenagers have higher vulnerability and lower capacity, thereby impact on them is higher disproportionately.  As an example during the 2017 Fires in California, Los Angeles Times  reports “the average age of those who died was 79. The youngest victim was 57, the oldest 100.” Where the average population over 62 in the region is under 20%.

It’s key to have a disaster recovery plan for seenagers.   

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has information on how to stock up now on emergency supplies that can be used after an earthquake. These supplies should include a first aid kit, survival kits for the home, automobile, and workplace, and emergency water and food.
Earthquake Country Alliance has a step-by-step guide to give you details on what to do before, during, and after an earthquake. Start with the simple tips within each step so that you can build on your accomplishments.
Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management has specific information on how to address earthquake safety for the disabled and the elderly. Information includes eliminating hazards, stocking supplies, the buddy system, the caregiver and information on evacuating if needed.
Ready.gov teaches protective measures to take before, during and after an emergency.


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