The forces behind natural disasters have been at work since Earth formed more than four billion years ago. Storms, volcanoes, and earthquakes are completely natural phenomena. Whether they’re disasters or not depends upon the choices we make and how we prepare for and respond to them.
What natural disasters can happen where you live? Hurricanes? Tornadoes? Earthquakes? The single best thing you can do is be prepared to respond.
Every household should have a disaster supply kit on hand that includes:
These are the basics. It’s also a good idea to include other items such as work gloves, duct tape, breathing masks, and moist towelettes. The Red Cross and other sources sell disaster supply kits pre-packed, or you can put one together yourself.
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In response to the tsunami of December 26, 2004, the Chicago-based organization World Bicycle Relief has provided families in affected countries—such as this family in Sri Lanka—with bicycles.
Many families lost all means of transportation in the disaster, impairing their access to workplaces, schools, and basic resources. A bicycle can mean the return to independence and livelihood.© World Bicycle Relief, Photo by Leah Missbach Day ×