Did you know that over the past 20 years, natural disasters have affected 4.3 billion people and claimed 1.4 million lives? Furthermore during the past 20 years floods have been the most common natural disaster. In fact, 55% of the people affected by disasters, were affected by floods. In addition, earthquakes and tsunamis are accountable for 55% of the deaths caused by a natural disaster. The most disaster-affected countries are China, The U.S., Philippines, India, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Mexico, Russia, Vietnam and Japan. (See image)

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We all admire the beauty of Mother Nature. Mother Nature can surprise us with stunning sunsets, skies, poetic natural forms and diversity. However, natural disasters can also wipe out towns, collapse cities and claim human lives.

It is important that we all aware of the disasters that could affect the places we live in and prepare for them. Humans tend to think that there is not much to do in the face of the ruthless power of nature but this is false! YOU can prepare yourself and your family for any natural disaster.

Get started today and find in this link guidance on how to prepare for each specific hazard: http://preparecenter.org/terms/category/hazards In case that you find exhausting to read through all the recommendations to prepare for every hazard (shame on you!), the basics that everyone should know for how to prepare for disasters that will make a difference when disasters suddenly strike are: Make a kit, make a plan and stayed informed.

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Get a kit: Water—one gallon per person, per day (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home) • Food—non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home) • Flashlight • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (Weather Radio, if possible) • Extra batteries • First aid kit • Medications (7-day supply) and medical items • Multipurpose tool • Sanitation and personal hygiene items • Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies) • Cell phone with chargers • Family and emergency contact information • Extra cash • Emergency blanket • Map(s) of the area

Make a plan: • Meet with your family or household members.• Discuss how to prepare and respond to emergencies that are most likely to happen where you live, learn, work and play.• Identify responsibilities for each member of your household and plan to work together as a team. Plan what to do in case you are separated during an emergency • Choose two places to meet: • Right outside your home in case of a sudden emergency, such as a fire • Outside your neighborhood, in case you cannot return home or are asked to evacuate. • Choose an out-of-area emergency contact person.

Be informed: Learn what disasters or emergencies may occur in your area. These events can range from those affecting only you and your family, like a home fire or medical emergency, to those affecting your entire community, like an earthquake or flood.• Identify how local authorities will notify you during a disaster and how you will get information, whether through local radio, TV or Weather Radio stations or channels.

From: American Red Cross ¨Be Red Cross Ready¨

Spreading the voice of disaster preparedness cannot just save your live but save the life of others.

To inform yourself more on the Human Cost of Natural Disasters see the full report here.

To learn more about disaster preparedness visit: http://preparecenter.org/

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