How to Reduce Natural Disasters

According to statistics from the Center for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters, a total of 19,642 worldwide natural disasters occurred between 1900 and 2005. Natural disasters have been known to cause landslides, destroy homes, and devastate entire countries. Although they are inevitable, damage inflicted by natural disasters can be reduced through disaster preparedness plans. These precautions help safeguard homes from damage, providing a sense of security in areas where disasters are common.

Natural disasters can inflict devastating damage on human settlements.

Step 1

Purchase and install storm shutters to protect exposed windows and glass surfaces from high winds. Storm shutters also protect against flying debris. Replace your doors with impact-tested doors to provide extra wind security in case of a storm.

Step 2

Inspect your home's infrastructure for items vulnerable to damage in a storm, such as electrical boxes, appliances, and HVAC components. Elevate them to higher levels once identified. For instance, place furnaces on cinder blocks and hot water heaters; washers and dryers should be moved upstairs.

Step 3

Prevent flood water from entering your sewage system by installing back-flow valves. Temporarily blocking drainage pipes, back-flow valves keep sewage from rushing into your house. Contact a licensed plumber or contractor to install the valve.

Step 4

Secure your roof to your home's walls and foundations by installing hurricane straps. Able to withstand 100 mph winds, the straps reduce the chances of losing your roof during hurricane-induced winds. Have the straps installed during your house's construction as it is much harder to do so after a house has been completed.

Step 5

Organize a home inspection by a building professional to make sure your roof and building components are suitable to withstand strenuous wind effects.

Step 6

Safeguard your home from wildfires by moving shrubs and other plants from your deck or the sides of your home. Extra plantings around homes increase the possibility of fires.

Hannington Dia

Hannington Dia began writing and editing articles for a youth-oriented blog at his downtown youth center in 2007. He is a freelance writer and has worked for various websites since 2009. He runs his own blog, HD in Effect, and attends the City College of New York, pursuing his Bachelor of Arts in English.