Risk Areas Of Natural Disasters Interactive

Disaster can strike without warning and when you least expect it. Luckily, when it comes to natural disasters and severe weather, you can be prepared for what might happen based on what region of the United States you live in. Being prepared will greatly increase your chances of surviving and help your family and home make it through a potential tragedy intact.

West Coasters, for example, need to be prepared for droughts, earthquakes, extreme heat, and wildfires. You can prepare for these disasters by knowing where the nearest water source is, learning how to use a fire extinguisher, and stockpiling bottled water.

On the other hand, if you live along the Gulf or the East Coast, hurricane season can pose serious threats to your safety. Planning an evacuation route and stocking up on essentials, such as food, water, and first aid kits, will help you survive the months from June to November when hurricanes are most likely to strike.

In the Northern half of the United States, frigid temperatures and several feet of snow put residents at risk each winter. Cities near the Great Lakes, such as Chicago and Buffalo, tend to experience the worst winters, with plenty of precipitation and bone-chilling winds. To stay safe during winter storms, citizens should keep blankets, food, water, and portable chargers in their cars and homes in case the heat goes out.

No matter what disaster is likely to strike your home’s area, there are a few things you can do to be prepared for anything. Keep plenty of bottled water and nonperishable food in your home, as well as flashlights, batteries, candles, a first aid kit, and a battery-operated radio. Have clear plans in place in case of emergencies, and keep a list of emergency contacts somewhere everyone can see them in your home. Being prepared is the first step to survival- take the time now to prepare for whatever disaster may come your way!

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