NATURAL DISASTERS TOUCH THE LIVES OF OVER 163 MILLION PEOPLE IN ASIA EACH YEAR.
Asia is the most disaster-prone region in the world. According to data collected by the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED), human toll from natural disasters in the last 100 years has been staggering. The region remains exposed to more natural disasters and according to the Asian Development Bank, the region’s economic progress will be undermined by the rising number of floods, landslides and other disasters. That provides a stark reminder that Asia’s many densely populated and expanding coastal cities will in particular remain vulnerable to weather-related disasters such as storms and floods.
“The region remains exposed to more natural disasters and according to the Asian Development Bank.”
From floods to earthquake to other natural disasters, the past century has seen devastating disasters. Each disaster has left behind death and destruction and huge economic loses. Major economic losses in the region are predominantly due to earthquakes and tsunamis, the region’s most destructive disasters which ironically also occur frequently.
Its always better to be prepared than to be sorry. Here are few tips we found at Red Cross, on how you can prepare yourselves from few of these disasters.
You’ll be better prepared to withstand a flood if you have the following items available — packed and ready to go in case you need to evacuate your home
· Water — at least a 3-day supply; one gallon per person per day
· Food — at least a 3-day supply of non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food
· Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
· Extra batteries
· First Aid kit
· Medications (7-day supply) and medical items (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, cane)
· Multi-purpose tool
· Sanitation and personal hygiene items
· Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, deed/lease to home, birth certificates, insurance policies)
· Cell phone with chargers
· Family and emergency contact information
• Become aware of fire evacuation and earthquake safety plans for all of the buildings you occupy regularly.
• Pick safe places in each room of your home, workplace and/or school. A safe place could be under a piece of furniture or against an interior wall away from windows, bookcases or tall furniture that could fall on you.
• Practice “drop, cover and hold on” in each safe place. If you do not have sturdy furniture to hold on to, sit on the floor next to an interior wall and cover your head and neck with your arms.
• Keep a flashlight and sturdy shoes by each person’s bed in case the earthquake strikes in the middle of the night.
• Keep and maintain an emergency supplies kit in an easy-to-access location.
• Find out if your home, school, workplace or other frequently visited locations are in tsunami hazard areas.
• Know the height of your street above sea level and the distance of your street from the coast or other high-risk waters. Evacuation orders may be based on these numbers.
• Plan evacuation routes from your home, school, workplace and other places you could be where tsunamis present a risk. If possible, pick areas 100 feet (30 meters) above sea level or go as far as 2 miles (3 kilometers) inland, away from the coastline. If you cannot get this high or far, go as high or far as you can. Every foot inland or upward may make a difference. You should be able to reach your safe location on foot within 15 minutes.
• Create and practice an evacuation plan for your family and your business.
• Assemble and maintain an emergency preparedness kit.
• Become familiar with the land around where you live and work so that you understand your risk in different situations.
• Watch the patterns of storm water drainage on slopes near your home, especially where runoff water converges.