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Understanding Natural Disasters
The five most common natural disasters.
Natural disasters are a force of nature that can’t be contended with. They’re powerful, unstoppable and can often be deadly if you don’t know what to do when they come calling.
I’m Ryan Edgerton and I’m going to review the top five natural disasters with you so you know what to expect and what to do should they occur.

Tornados are one of the most common natural disasters that occur. They are violent rotating wind storms that can level a home in just seconds. They most frequently occur in tornado alley, but can occur almost anywhere in the world. Normally tornados come in conjunction with severe thunder storms.
If a tornado is approaching, take cover under ground. A tornado shelter or basement is your best bet. If there is no tornado shelter or basement, seek shelter in an interior room with no windows. If you can’t get inside, seek shelter in a ditch.
Another one of the most common natural disasters are earthquakes. Earthquakes can literally shake your world. If you live in an area that is prone to earthquakes, make sure that you have a plan ready should an earthquake occur. Stay away from windows and take cover in an interior hallway or room.
Floods are other very common natural disasters. It takes just six inches of water to knock a grown man off his feet, so don’t try wading through a flood to get to safety. Stay on the upper levels of your home, the roof if necessary, and wait for help to arrive.
Hurricanes are fearsome natural disasters that can wipe out entire towns in just one blow. Hurricane Katrina is evidence of just what a hurricane can do in a short amount of time. If you want to stay safe during a hurricane, follow evacuation procedures and if evacuation is not called for, batten down the hatches of your home and wait the storm out.
Of all natural disasters, tsunamis may be the most destructive. Tsunamis are a force like almost no other. The first wave isn’t even the hardest, so don’t think that you can run back to the shore after the first wave hits.
If a tsunami is headed your way, your best chance of survival is heading towards high ground. You want to be at least fifty feet above sea level.
By knowing what to do, you’ll be safer when these natural disasters strike.

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Posted by Ryan Edgerton on February 17, 2006 8:07 AM | Permalink


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