INSTANT SURVIVAL TIP: Awareness First, Preparedness Second
The earthquakes caused the ground to rise and fall - bending the trees until their branches intertwined and opening deep cracks in the ground. Deep seated landslides occurred along the steeper bluffs and hillslides; large areas of land were uplifted permanently; and still larger areas sank and were covered with water that erupted through fissures or craterlets. Huge waves on the Mississippi River overwhelmed many boats and washed others high onto the shore. High banks caved and collapsed into the river; sand bars and points of islands gave way; whole islands disappeared.
I don’t know about you, but that would sure get my attention! However, people in the area were completely unprepared for the quakes, and no wonder. They lived decades before the advent of 24-hour news, text messaging, and phone apps! Today, those living in the area of this fault line are without excuse, but how many of them are actively putting together plans should a much larger quake hit? My guess is, not very many!
It’s surprising how often predictable natural disasters and other crises take us by surprise, but as SurvivalMoms, we don’t have the luxury of remaining oblivious, do we? You may not be a fan of the six o’clock news in your town and perhaps you barely have time to visit important websites like this one (ahem!), but it’s vital that each of us pay attention to current events, especially as they relate to our families well-being.
Another recent story you may have heard about is taking place thousands of miles away in Hungary. There, another predictable crisis has occurred. This time a reservoir holding back toxic sludge burst, killing and injuring multitudes of people who, no doubt, believed they lived in relative safety. Flooding is one thing but dealing with a flood of toxic waste is quite another. At present, it’s unknown what the long-term effects will be, both to the environment and people in the area. Once again, awareness is vital. Do you live in a flood plain, near a fault line, or in the vicinity of a factory or plant that produces dangerous chemicals? It pays to know what’s upstream, so to speak.
To find out more about potential dangers in your area, use Google Earth to browse around your part of the country. Talk with state agencies. Does your state have an Emergency Management Agency? What types of emergencies have they planned for? Do a little research at the EPA website by plugging in your zip code to learn about pollutants and risks specific to your town. Local law enforcement might be an additional resource, but remember to also rely on your own common sense and observation, not just what you’re told by authorities.
It’s possible that what you discover might be reason enough to make plans to relocate. Stay safe and be aware!
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