This module will discuss Natural Disasters
- What are Natural Disasters.
- How we are going to determine your risk that you will encounter a Natural Disaster.
- Print out a Table that will summarize your risks for these types of Disasters
OK, so let’s start this section off with some sobering data that was collected by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction and released in a recent report on November 23, 2015.
Here are some excerpts from this article:
- 90% of disasters are weather-related.
- Over the past 20 years, 90% of major disasters have been caused by 6,457 recorded: floods, storms, heatwaves, droughts and other related events.
- The five countries hit by the highest number of disasters are: the United States, China, India, Philippines, and Indonesia.
- Since 1995 (20-years as of this writing); 606,000 lives have been lost and 4.1 billion people have been injured, left homeless or in need of emergency assistance as a result of weather-related disasters.
- Floods accounted for 47% of all weather-related disasters, affecting 2.3 billion people and killing 157,000.
Click this button to see the entire article: UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction.
This is very powerful evidence that we all must take the potential of natural disasters happening very seriously. If you haven’t experienced the impact of a natural disaster “yet” – consider yourself lucky.
What are Natural Disasters
Natural Disasters are natural occurring events generated by Mother Nature. There are many different types of events that fall into this classification; floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, etc.
Being that there are so many different types of natural disasters, and being that we have made a commitment to respect your time and not to overwhelm you, we have decided to discuss only the most common natural disasters. Please let us know if you would like us to add any natural disasters that are not on this list. Simply list which ones you would like to see added in the comment box at the end of this lesson.
OK, so here are the Natural Disasters we will be covering along with Resources to help you determine your risk levels:
- Earthquakes & Tsunamis
- Winter Storms
- Wild Fires
Note that one event could be the cause of secondary events.
- A hurricane creating tornadoes or its storm surge causing flooding.
- A drought creating an increase in the chances of wild fires.
- An earthquake causing a tsunami.
It’s just Mother Nature being Mother Nature,
Beautiful and Dangerous at the same time.
At this stage of the game, these lessons will only guide you through the process of assigning a “Risk Level” of a Natural Disaster occurring in the location you are researching.
Any protective measures for these natural disasters will be discussed in detail in future lessons.
Make sure that you have printed out your “RISK LEVEL AASSESSMENT” form before proceeding to the next lesson. You can find it by simply clicking on the GREEN Button titled Risk Assessment Form below.
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