Disaster preparation should be considered a duty to yourself, your family, and your community (do you really want to be a burden on your community when they have to come rescue you, or do you want to be part of the rescue response team?). Nobody wants disasters to happen, and most would prefer not to think about them. But ignoring a threat does not make it go away!
If you live in California, then you know that the “Big One” could occur at any moment. But it isn’t just Californians who are at risk of disaster from an earthquake. A USGS map shows that HALF of Americans living in the continental USA are at risk of damages from earthquakes (the number is even higher when you calculate in earthquake-prone Alaska and Hawaii). That means 143 million people are at risk!
2. Solar Flare.
A solar flare is an explosion on the sun. The explosion releases clouds of electrons, ions, and atoms into space. The surge of energetic particles can cause radiation and solar wind storms. Even more worrisome is that the solar flare can trigger geomagnetic storms and EMP which would wipe out the electric grid.
3. EMP Weapons Attack.
When a nuclear bomb goes off, it causes photons of electromagnetic energy to knock electrons lose from atoms. Like with a solar flare, the atoms come racing towards earth and interact with the earth’s magnetic field, causing surges which would destroy the electric grid and electric devices. The good news is that a nuclear attack isn’t very likely. However, an EMP attack is likely.
4. Agricultural Collapse.
You probably don’t care much about bees, and you might even find them a nuisance. But did you know that 1 out of every 3 bites of food eaten depend on pollinators like bees for production? If it weren’t for bees, our entire global agricultural system would collapse. That is why a problem known as Bee Colony Collapse syndrome in which bees are mysteriously leaving their hives is so concerning.
Americans living in the Gulf Coast are most at risk of hurricanes but, as Hurricane Sandy showed us, they aren’t the only ones at risk. Please do not rely on FEMA to rescue you if a hurricane strikes. Take steps to be prepared for a hurricane, such as stockpiling food, water, and medicines, and practicing emergency evacuation drills with your family.
6. Yellowstone Volcano.
The truth is that we don’t know if or when Yellowstone will erupt. What we do know is that a major eruption would be devastating. Yellowstone is considered a Super Volcano and it would cause massive damages and blanket much of North America in ash.