Great natural disasters that rob people of their belongings as well as their loved ones cannot be escaped from. You may leave California to get away from the earthquakes, but you settle on the Atlantic or Gulf Coasts you’ll have to deal with hurricanes. Even that great big swath of land in the middle of America where earthquakes are very few and hurricanes are know even less, you still have to deal with twisters. Those who live downstream from rivers must be always vigilant against flooding. Global warming is making sunstroke something that not only southerners experience and the effects of climate destabilization means that Texas can be a snowfall when Minnesota is experiencing the lightest snow season anyone can remember. Basically, there is no place in America where you can totally escape the very real possibility of being caught in the middle of a horrific natural disaster. That’s why travelers should always arrive prepared for the worst that Mother Nature can upchuck and residents should always have a disaster emergency kit.
Call ’em twisters, cyclones or tornados, they all spell big time damage to flimsy buildings. You want to take shelter in the most stable, large and protective shelter in the vicinity. If you’ve got a radio or TV, turn it on to see where the tornado is heading and if it is wreaking havoc solo or did it bring some friends. If you are in a hotel, go over to the door and look at the emergency evacuation procedure and follow it. Leave any belongings behind that can’t be picked up on the run.
Get to high shelter as soon as you are aware you are in the vicinity of a flood. Turn on the radio or TV if possible and safeguard your possessions only if there is time. Prepare for the upcoming water shortage by filling all bathtubs and sinks and fill up any other large container possible. Keep in mind this water is drinking only as a last result; pre-stored water is more for hygiene reasons.
The good thing about hurricanes is that of all the natural disaster that can lay waste to a large, it provides the most advance warning. Unfortunately, most people wait until the last minute to evacuate so you might want to practice sitting in the car for two hours to go all of ten miles. In other words, go ahead and evacuate at the first warning; you’ll get a better deal driving and better deal from motel owners who have been known to quadruple rates when a hurricane is hitting. Don’t get upset: raising prices to take advantage of people is the cornerstone upon which free enterprise operates in a capitalist system void of any serious regulation. In other words, don’t think you’ll get in on some lawsuit later on when you must shell out $500 for a hotel room half the size of your bathroom back home.
Once the shaking has settled down, but before you inspect for damage, take the effort to turn off your utilities. You don’t want to have survived the quake only to die from a gas leak. Unless you are in a spot that was completely ravaged and it there would be serious ramifications if a strong aftershock was felt, go ahead and grab your most important belongings and remain inside until you have been notified that it is safe to be outside. You will likely suffer a water shortage and power shortage so you’ll be the Pope of Preparation City if you have already lined up a wall filled with bottled water for when the big one finally did hit.