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Disaster Preparedness

Learn about different disasters and how to get prepared.
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Jenny Burgoyne

on 11 July 2010

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Disaster Preparedness What is a disaster? disaster-n:unexpected man-made or natural occcurence that causes significant physical damage, loss of life, permanent change to the environment, or great hardship [dih-zas-ter/ dih-zah-ster]
Sym: catastrophe, clamity, cataclysm, tragedy Why be prepared? You need to be prepared because... 1 2 People can reduce the impact of disasters or avoid some dangers. 3 Disaster responses may not be able to reach people in time. 4 People need to prepared for 72 hours (three days) to provide for his/her own shelter, food, water, sanitation, and first-aid. 5 Disasters cause lots of damage. People can reduce fear, anxiety, or losses. There's lots of different kinds of disasters. They are categorized into three main groups. Natural Disasters Technological Disasters and Terrorism Natural Hazards Here in San Diego you want to be ready for the natural disasters that would affect here most. Such as... Wild Fires Earthquakes Epedemic/Pandemic Tsunamis You want to be ready for natural disasters because they happen natually and are unpredictable. Zebor, Jordan. "San Diego Unified School District - Moodle." San Diego Unified School District - Moodle. N.p., n.d. Web. 9 July 2010. <http://moodle.sandi.net/mod/resource/view.php?id=124459>. Work Cited Zebor, Jordan. "San Diego Unified School District - Moodle." San Diego Unified School District - Moodle. N.p., n.d. Web. 9 July 2010. <http://moodle.sandi.net/mod/resource/view.php?id=124458>. Zebor, Jordan. "San Diego Unified School District - Moodle." San Diego Unified School District - Moodle. N.p., n.d. Web. 9 July 2010. <http://moodle.sandi.net/mod/resource/view.php?id=124456>. "disaster." Dictionary.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 9 July 2010. <dictionary.reference.com/browse/disaster>. "terrorism." Dictionary.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 9 July 2010. <dictionary.reference.com/browse/terrorism>. Wildfires in California are dangerous, common, and need to be prepared for. Becuase of the dry environment, they can be started easily and will cause devastation. Because we are right along a fault line, earthquakes are common, and can also cause lots of damage. California is right along the coast and can easily be hit by tsunamis. Epidemics and pandemics can affect anywhere around the world, including the populous California. Natural disasters cause damage both directly and indirectly. There are other natural disasters that may occur such as... tornadoes volcanic eruptions floods wind/dust storms drought/famine landslides/avalanches tidal waves meteors Technological Disasters Technological disasters are disasters of man-made origin.
They may be explosions, building failure, toxic contamination, or some other dangerous event. Some examples are... oil spills

--such as the one in the Gulf coast chemical explosions nuclear explosions radiation mine explosion
pollution
building failiure hazardous waste spills accidental release of hazardous substances Terrorism Terrorism= use of violence, threats, and terror to people or property by a person or group of people. Often to intimidate and/or for political or ideological reasons. One of the most famous is the 9/11 Twin Tower/ Pentagon attack. There are many terrorist attacks. There have been 4 major terrorist events just this year of Faisal Shahzad, Smadi, Najibullah Zazi, Khalid Ouazzani. Preparing/ Response There's lots of ways to be prepared for disaster. We all know there will be people who are going to try to help you, but you need to rely on yourself, the citizen, first. Then the local response, state, and finally the Federal Government will respond, depending on the degree of disaster. Response groups will begin to try to help immediately, but chances are that they won't get to your family first. People need to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours, and provide his/her own food, water, sanitation, shelter, and first-aid. People can... get informed, know signs make exit routes for the house/ a plan have alternative shelter for afterwards such as grandma's house or a close friend's place. purchase insuranse for whatever you can (flood, earthquake, etc.) have a sturdy home, if possible assemble a 72-hour kit with things like: canned food vitamins protein/granola bars water can opener flashlight multi-tool knife flares batteries radio clothing small umbrella first-aid kit hand sanitizer prescription meds. toiletries blanket towel You can keep a kit like this in a backpack or duffel bag near or at the doorway/exit to be accessable during a disaster. peanut butter
(high protein, LONG shelf life) "Can Peanut Butter Go Bad? | Life's Little Mysteries." Life's Little Mysteries - A Daily Investigation of the World Around You. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 July 2010. <http://www.lifeslittlemysteries.com/can-peanut-butter-go-bad-0329/>.
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