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Natural Disasters

tornado-twister-disastersNatural disasters are synonymous with natural hazards. Sometimes, the two are even interchanged. Actually, there is a thin margin that defines the difference of the two. Natural hazards are dangers that should be foreseen in nature like earthquakes and tidal waves. A natural hazard becomes a natural disaster if it has casualties. In his book Mapping Vulnerability: Disasters, Development, and People(2003), G. Bankoff discussed that natural disasters are the outcome of natural hazard, more info also available in this link terrorintheheartland.com. Examples of which are volcanic eruption, earthquake, landslide, and other incidence that no human can stop.

These natural disasters affect human lives and activities, that they can kill or inflict economic instability to a certain locality. ”Human vulnerability, exacerbated by the lack of planning or appropriate emergency management, leads to financial, environmental, or human losses,” discussed Bankoff.  They are phenomena caused by nature that have negative effects and may cause harm or even cost the lives of people.

Natural Disasters Contingency Planning

 natural_disastersWe have recurring natural disasters, seasonal in their patterns, just like the floods in the monsoon season.  That’s when things could  go wrong with damages to structures, property, and even loss of life.  With natural disasters intensifying to greater scale and their destructive force getting worse, there’s a dire need to ensure that we have a Contingency Plan devised for such circumstances to be prepared for anything that could happen. Contingency planning for natural disasters call for specific strategies and actions to deal with particular problems like floods, landslides, fires, and typhoons.  Contingency Plans include a monitoring process and phases for activating planned actions.

Natural disasters can happen anywhere, anytime, with little or without warning.   Our chances of surviving natural disasters improve greatly with the application of common sense and some preparation. Although for some countries, they are less prone to natural disasters, the present decade tells a different story of emerging trends at increasing weather-related disasters.  These trends have been attributed to climate change notably global warming.

 The massive floods in Malaysia in 2006-2007, the impact of Typhoon Morakot which hit Philippines and continued its destruction in Taiwan recently are indicative of the increasing intensity these natural disasters brought.  With these recent disasters, an important question crops up.   Despite the recurring floods, the bad experience with the natural disasters and the economic loss therein, where do we stand with natural disaster safety guideline especially to the communities living in disaster prone areas?

Events such as Typhoon Morakot epitomize the unpredictable nature of our world.  Without proper Contingency Planning, many countries and communities are left vulnerable to disaster.  Contingent evacuation planning has become an operational necessity during floods to ensure safety of the vulnerable groups in the affected communities.  For most of the countries in the Asia-Pacific region, the increasing number of natural disasters poses one of the gravest threats.  Obviously, contingency planning have to move with the times, never static, always updated to accommodate new or increased risks.

The International Strategy for Disaster reduction observed that the number of storms, droughts, and floods has increased threefold over the past 30 years.  As these natural disasters increased, so did the number of those affected – a fivefold increase in the same period. So how do communities reconcile these risks?  In developing a contingency plan to address realistic threat scenarios, all the concerned stakeholders should form strategic partnerships and maximize all resources to ensure that when activated its implementation is one concerted effort by all.

Getting Protection From Natural Disasters

natural_disasters-9None of us really like to think about natural disasters but unfortunately, they do occur from time to time. Perhaps we are in a location that is prone to natural disasters, such as hurricanes or earthquakes. How secure is the information that is on your computer should tragedy strike? Many people do not really take into consideration the fact that they need a backup service in order to make sure that their data is secure. For some areas that are prone to natural disasters, you may see the disaster coming from a long way off. Still, every area is susceptible to something unexpected happening. If you are in the habit of backing up your data locally, you may not be able to save it if something should happen in this regard.

Of course, the first thing that you need to worry about is your own personal safety and that of your friends and family. For this reason, it is a good idea for you to have a remote backup in case this should happen. Not only can a remote backup protect you from natural disasters, it may also be able to protect you from many other disasters that may happen on your computer. For example, have you ever experienced a computer crash? If you have, you can certainly understand how quickly data loss can occur.

How much sensitive data do you have on your computer? Many individualstore such thing as e-mails, pictures and personal letters in the form of documents. Unfortunately, if you don’t back these things up they can be gone in the blink of an eye. How much is this data worth to you? Many people, when they really think about it, could not put a price on the things that they keep on their computer.