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There are many different types of disasters, some more imminent and possible than other. While a hurricane is a very real disaster that occurs frequently, it’s not a threat if you’re in the Midwest. A snow blizzard that wipes all utilities there and freezing weather is a huge Midwest threat, but not as big of one, or one at all, if you live in Southern California, unless you’re in the mountains. You can probably rule out certain disasters and narrow down the list by prioritizing the potential of a specific disaster to occur.
A few of the more common natural disasters include floods, drought and with drought, wild fires, earthquakes, thunderstorms, extreme winter weather, tornadoes and heat waves. While volcanoes aren’t a big threat to many areas of the country, they are a threat to some and should be included. Wind storms knocking out utilities can be included, but they’re normally most dangerous during heat waves and winter weather. If you’ve lived at your present home or general area for any length of time, you know the most frequently occurring problems. Those are the number one biggest threats. Order the rest according to the likelihood of them happening.
Mother Nature isn’t the only one you should worry about when it comes to disasters and chaos. People are huge threats. Whether it’s rioting in the streets with fires set to homes, actual civil uprising or a terrorist attack. These are very distinct possibilities in today’s world. While no one ever expected the disaster on September 11th, 2001, since that day terrorist attacks have been a distinct possibility. People living in Detroit can attest to the dangers of civil unrest and rioting. Insuring you have adequate plans for those types of disaster is also important. The chances are that you won’t experience any problem in your home, but could experience these when at an event, work or even shopping. Emergency planning when away from home should also be included in a complete disaster plan.
Listing potential problems, eliminating those that don’t occur normally in your area and adding civil unrest to your list is the best way to identify any potential disaster for your area. Talk with your family to narrow the list or even add ones not already mentioned. For instance, if you live near a prison with violent criminals, a prison break could be added. Once you’ve identified the risk factors, the next step is to create a plan that covers each one. In most cases, your overall plan will be similar with just minor adjustments.