The Truth is – There are NO Natural Disasters. Never Have Been – Never Will Be.
WHAT!? Get FEMA on the phone.
According to this article by Popular Science – “There’s actually no such thing as a natural disaster “ https://www.popsci.com/no-such-thing-as-natural-disaster?dom=rss-default&src=syn&_scpsug=crawled_661641_21eef6c0-a784-11e7-bb8c-f01fafd7b417
Now – before you put on your “Angry Hat” and start calling Popular Science all of those nasty names that are going through your head – let’s take a look at Popular Science’s unique approach to what (really) is a Natural Disaster and why they are taking this position.
Popular Science’s position is; what we refer to as “Natural Disasters” [Hurricanes, Floods, Tornadoes, Earthquakes, etc.) are not disasters. They are “hazards “.
Webster’s definition of a hazard: a risk; a chance; an accident or source of danger. To put something at risk of being lost.
Let’s have Popular Science clarify this for us. “If a hurricane slams into land where no one lives, it isn’t a disaster; it’s just the weather. A disaster is when a natural hazard meets a human population.”
The key distinction here is that “interaction” between the hazard and a human population.
- If you live in Tornado Alley – you know that there is a good chance that you will be impacted by a tornado.
- If you live in a major flood plain – you know that sooner or later you will be impacted by a flood.
- If you live near a major earthquake fault zone – then most likely you will feel an earthquake. Sooner or Later.
In their article, Popular Science cites several examples of known hazardous areas interacting with a human population.
Now you may be thinking that this is just a word play game – switching out one word for another.
But in reality, they are making an important distinction between a “hazard” and a “disaster”.
Here is the point they are trying to make; A hazard can be avoided. Or at the least – be PREPARED for.
Many of the hazards that now plague us as disasters were (and are) often created by man’s decision to ignore these hazardous areas and allow developments to occur in dangerous zones. It’s almost like a game of “Russian Roulette” – but on a massive scale.
- In this article by Popular Science, they cite many examples of governments allowing their people to build homes and raise families in known hazardous areas.
- The article also shows examples of what the governments and people can do to mitigate (or lessen) the dangers associated with the hazardous area.
[In the real world…] You can’t just run away from all of these hazards. But you can (and should) recognize the potential hazards that can impact you based upon: where you live, where you work, or where you are traveling to.
Once you identified any potential hazards in your specific area – you will then have three options available to choose from.
- Move out of the potential impact zone of the hazard. But there is a good chance that you will just be changing one hazardous area for a different one. Very difficult to run away from ALL hazards.
- Recognize that you live in or near a potential hazard prone area. Learn about the potential dangers associated with those type(s) of hazard(s), and what you can do to protect yourself and family from the dangers of the hazard(s).
- Do nothing and just bury your head in the sand. The hazard will just pass right over you and it will leave you alone. I hope you didn’t choose this one! I was joking with this one. Please don’t do this one!
So, how can you identify the hazards in the areas that you spend your time in (live, work, play, travel to, etc.)? And what steps can you take to protect yourself and your loved ones from those dangers?
That’s actually the easy part!
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Popular Science: “There’s Actually No Such Thing As a Natural Disaster”. https://www.popsci.com/no-such-thing-as-natural-disaster?dom=rss-default&src=syn&_scpsug=crawled_661641_21eef6c0-a784-11e7-bb8c-f01fafd7b417