DISASTERS - How to prepare for and survive them

We live in dangerous times and because of climate change there is good evidence that the weather will become more violent and unstable in the years to come. Below are various guides on how to prepare yourself for and survive various types of Natural disasters. These guides are not exhaustive but give good common sense advice.

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Communications

Lack of information in a disaster is perhaps the most likely cause of widespread panic. Accurate information is essential to enable you to make educated decisions for you and your family. Make sure you have as many ways of communicating with you as possible.

1. Smart Phone plus means to charge it even if the power goes out, this can be achieved by USB from a wind up devicesuch as a radio or flashlight with a USB socket
    or from a solar power charger or power pack.

2. Install weather and disaster warning /survival apps on your phone especially ones that still work offline. Make sure your phone has GPS for navigation and
    download the maps onto your phones storage so you can still navigate even if there are no cellular or wifi signals.

3. Two way radios - such as Ham Radio, CB Radio, PMR, FRS or GMRS plus the means to charge them up as above so that if the cellular phone system goes down
    you can maintain contact with each other and others within range.

4. AM/FM/Shortwave  radio, preferably with wind up or solar charging facility so that you can monitor public servicemessages from Federal/Local Government or
    other official sources

See the WIKI's below for further info.

** ALWAYS listen to your local Emergency Broadcast System, TV or radio stations for up to date information specific to your area **

If you are a healthy adult please consider

DONATING BLOOD

Cyprus Emergency Telephone numbers

In the event of a disaster you might get it back !!!

                                            WIKI's                                                                   Be Prepared & sources of information

Natural Disasters (General)

Emergency checklist for your home

Thunderstorms

Emergency disaster kit

Preparing your car for a disaster

Tornados

Earthquakes

Top to toe medical assessment

Hurricanes

Managing finances in a disaster/emergency

Volcanic Eruption

Pacific Tsunami warning system

Heatwave

West coast & alaska Tsunami warning centre

Landslides

Joint Australian Tsunami warning centre

Tsunami

Indian Ocean Tsunami warnings

Blizzards

East Mediterranean Tsunami warning centre

Avalanche

National Hurricane centre

Nuclear Attack / Incident

Global Volcanism programme

Power cuts / outages

Thanks to wikihow.com for the information

Histrorical earthquakes & Eruptions

European Radiological levels

Newspaper Articles

Extreme weather conditions in Cyprus to worsen - Study says.

Extreme weather conditions, such as floods, are expected to worsen in the near future and have multiple catastrophic effects, due to the model of residential development in Cyprus, according to a study by the Cyprus University of Technology (CUT).

The research project, titled "An integrated use of satellite remote sensing and hydraulic modeling for flood risk assessment at catchment scale in Cyprus: The SATFLOOD project", was funded by the Research Promotion Foundation and the European Union, and was implemented by CUT.

According to a press release, the lack of building planning intensifies the need to create a comprehensive information system, which would include technologies such as satellite remote sensing and geographic information systems for the effective management of all relevant information.

The project was launched three years ago with the main purpose of mapping the change in urban development with the help of satellite remote sensing techniques by high spatial resolution satellites, the creation of flood risk maps, and the contribution to the management and reduction of risk for people, property, and the environment, after such a phenomenon.

The study area chosen for the project was the Yialias River basin in the Nicosia district. The area has seen serious floods over the years, culminating in the devastating flood of September 2009.

The findings of the project were presented in international scientific journals, as well as scientific conferences in Germany, the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic, Italy, Austria and Greece.  -- (KYPE)

FAMAGUSTA GAZETTEā€¢  Friday, 28 February, 2014

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