Drastic changes in climate are due to global warming as well as other factors. Cities and properties have been devastated. Deaths rose as a result of hurricanes and typhoons that caused floods. Scorching-hot weather conditions gave rise to heat waves. Since the weather has become unpredictable, everyone needs to be ready for whatever eventuality climate changes will bring. This is called climate change emergency preparation.
Climate Change Emergency Preparation and Heat Wave Pointers
Climate change can take many different forms. For the basics of what to do during particularly severe weather conditions, consider the tips below.
Prepare provisions – After hurricane warnings are released, make sure there is sufficient food and water for the family good for several days. Stock up on food that requires no cooking and refrigeration. Potable water must also be in ample supply. Besides food, have matches, batteries, candles and flashlights ready. A battery-operated radio will ensure you stay informed of everything happening around you.
House inspection – A house can provide shelter during storms. Busy yourself checking the integrity of the walls, roof, floors and more before hurricane season comes. The house is the sole protection against strong rains and winds so it is important to ensure it is capable of withstanding harsh weather conditions. Following a hurricane warning, board up the doors and windows. Electricity and gas must be shut off too. Remove objects that might fly or fall.
Obey government warnings – Government advice must be followed. If they say evacuation is needed, do not argue. Just see to it that the home is secured before leaving.
Super hot weather can turn really dangerous really quick, especially for old people, kids and individuals with health conditions like breathing trouble, mental illness and heart disease. Here are tips to prepare for heat waves:
Shower – Take cold showers or baths multiple times daily. If this is not possible, simply wash the nape and face with cool water periodically or whenever it starts feeling hot.
Stay tuned – The government may issue bulletins and warnings so people should listen religiously to news reports and monitor the situation closely. Many have died unnecessarily because they were unaware there was a heat wave and it was not safe to go outside during the day’s hottest hours.
Avoid the sun – During heat waves, it is best to remain indoors. If going out is unavoidable, wear the proper clothes and have sun protection items like umbrellas and hats handy. Map out your day to ensure you are inside during the hottest hours of the day, which is between 11PM and 3PM.
Check on neighbors and the elderly regularly – The old folk are often the first to be affected during a heat wave. Check in on elderly kin and neighbors regularly. Make sure they feel well and drink lots of water. In case you are unable to drop by personally, phone them now and then. Give them reminders regarding following health bulletins about heat waves.
That pretty much sums up the most important stuff to remember and do to survive heat waves and other climate change emergency preparation. Take them seriously and you are sure to be okay.
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