Natural disasters – how safe are you?


Natural disasters and the frequency at which they are occurring have increased sharply over the last few decades due to several reasons out of which the most prominent would be pollution. Humans pollute land, water and air in so many ways causing for natural weather and other patterns to change causing severe catastrophe and loss of lives and property. To avert such damages to homes from natural disasters however, those involved in the field of construction take safety precautions and adopt eco-friendly mechanisms so that no harm to human lives or property from these disasters such as landslides, floods et al.
Certain areas in some countries have been marked as not suitable for any constructions, especially along the coast, due to Tsunami threats. Taking such warnings seriously and avoiding from setting up houses in those areas are the easiest and the most obvious ways in which such disasters can be avoided and the damage from them to human lives and property could be made minimal. In addition, if a house is built in an area that is prone to landslides, putting up retaining walls to avoid the soil from being washed away could be deemed ideal.
When constructing these retaining walls in Bankstown however, following proper instructions issued by the Disaster Management Centre or whichever bureau responsible is very important. If your house is located at a lower altitude with a chance of water seeping right in at the event of a flood, make sure that you fill your garden with pebbles or some material of the sort which absorbs water unlike gravel. Further to avoid damage to house and property from floods, at the very construction stage have the foundation laid in a way that it is above ground level. Before building a house, the vulnerability of the land in which the house is proposed to be built should be assessed. This way, people can ensure at they are safer in their own homes, which they build making substantial investments to make sure that the family and those whom they love and value can all live safely within.
Another common natural disaster that brings a great deal of damage to human life is lightening. Since households do not often have lightening conductors and other gadgets of the sort, the best bet to be safe from this hazard would be to refrain from using electronic equipment while raining and to stay indoors, away from open areas with huge trees. Also a mistake that most make, using mobile phones while lightning is said to be one of the most common causes for lightening-related accidents. During thundershowers, it is believed that vehicles are safer to be inside, even more than at home. The reasoning behind this is that all four wheels that are made of rubber touch the ground causing for the vehicle to ‘earth’ and keep the passengers safe within.

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