This is the section dedicated to disaster taking place in Haiti or affectiong the Haitian population. We report on Hurricane, Flood, earthquake, etc

Steps to Take Right after a Disaster

Look to see what injuries family members may have sustained. Gather them together in the least risky place, to remain there, until you contact them. Check on pets, securing them with fresh water and food.

Call extended family and close friends to report everyone has survived. Ask them to spread the word among other friends.

For medical attention, go to your neighbor's home and dial for emergency vehicles. Also find out where survivor shelters are from one of the disaster relief agencies. Clear fallen trees from driveway using a power tool, so emergency vehicles can park there.

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What is a Tornado?

Tornadoes are experienced in almost everywhere in the world. Relative to land area, the United Kingdom is the most tornado prone country. However, the United States is hit by tornadoes more than any other country in the world.

Tornadoes occur in storms. The development of tornadoes has not been vividly explained. The process has not been fully understood. Nevertheless, it is explained that, when warm air is forced to rise through a layer of overriding cold air, the result is a tornado. Tornadoes may form in the absence of convection though. Another phenomenon that is believed to be an ingredient of tornado formation is the existence of strong surface temperature differences.

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What is Disaster?

A disaster is an event that causes mass deaths of human beings, animals, damage of property or industry. Disasters results in permanent changes to ecosystems and the environment. Disasters are generally hazardous, expose vulnerable conditions and limit the possibility of survival.

Disasters may be natural or man-made. Natural disasters occur without the direct involvement of human. Natural disasters are commonly called the acts of God. Human activity may trigger natural disasters. The effects of a disaster may also be increased by human intervention or ignorance during or after the disaster.

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Useful Tips For Flooding

The number of lives lost through flooding is alarming. Floods have also damaged people's property and countries' expensive infrastructure. It is therefore of high importance to be on the alert. Here are some of the tips to keep you prepared before the next flood finds you unaware.

Number one; you need to know how prone your area is to flooding. You can get this information from the Red Cross chapter in your locality.

Know the signs. If your area is experiencing heavy unending downpour, be alert another flood may just be knocking. On the contrary, flash floods may not prepare you; it takes a few minutes to a few hours for a flash flood to develop.

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Emergency Operation Centre in Miragoane, Haiti

The 7.0 magnitude earthquake that occurred on January 2010 killed thousands of Haitians and destroyed thousands of homes and infrastructures. The Emergency Operations Centre just created in Miragoane will improve disaster response in this Caribbean island. With the help of foreign donors, the island country is slowly gaining momentum and getting back at its feet.

Caribbean countries including Haiti have been prone to several natural disasters like earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions due to an oceanic tectonic plate called the Caribbean Plate. These inevitable catastrophes may not be avoided, but their effects could be more properly dealt with to lessen the number of casualties. That is why disaster response facilities have recently been launched in Miragoane, a coastal town in the Nippes Department, in order to improve the country and its citizens' preparedness when it comes to any kind of calamity. The town's Emergency Operations Centre is a project of both the Haitian government and the United States government which will compise of a disaster relief house and a fire station in hopes that it will assist local governments and the localities in preparing and dealing collectively with unforeseeable disasters and emergencies.

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How to Stay Safe during a Storm

When a weather bulletin predicts an extremely violent storm headed in your direction, pay attention to the time they expect the storm to hit your area.

Gather your family members when storm conditions indicate high danger, and get to a pre-determined place in your home you will use as a shelter.

Find flashlights in accessible storage areas, where you've stored them ahead of time. Have one on you at all times before and during the storm.

Prepare your children by explaining what will happen and how you'll all stay safe. Be calm for them; they are depending on you.

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What is a blizzard?

A blizzard is a form of severe winter storm. There are several standards that have been used to describe blizzards.

For a winter storm to be classified as a blizzard, the prevailing weather condition must reach certain levels. It is widely accepted that, if the visibility decreases to a quarter of a mile (400 metres) or less, the form of precipitation being experienced is snow or ice, the wind is blowing at an average speed of at least 32 mph, and the condition persists for at least three consecutive hours, then the winter storm is a blizzard.

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What is a Hurricane?

The term hurricane is sometimes used interchangeably with typhoon. It is a tropical cyclone characterized by intensified sustained winds of more than 34 mps or 74 miles per hour. A hurricane tends to develop an eye at the centre of the circulation. The eye refers to the circular centre of the cyclone, which is normally at a low pressure and cloud free.

A prevailing weather disturbance is one of the ingredients for a hurricane. Warm tropical oceans, presence of moisture, and existence of light winds aloft are other contributing factors of hurricane. When these conditions persist long enough, they combine to create the violent winds associated with hurricanes. Incredible waves and torrential flood rains are other characteristics of hurricanes

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Guidelines for Weeks Following a Disaster

Many tasks still need completing beyond the first few days after a disaster has occurred. Once more urgent needs have been met, make a list of safety measures to protect your belongings and property. Here are some guidelines to get you started.

Move your furnishings to a storage space (for safekeeping), while your house is being repaired. If you own a large vehicle such as a trailer, you can store household objects and belongings in it and secure it.

Take dry and canned goods from your kitchen and store them in the trailer or trunk of your car. Also take freezer food and store it in a rented freezer locker nearby.

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Guidelines for Being in a Car or Outside during a Disaster

If you are driving a vehicle on the road and see a tornado, stop, get out, and search for a ravine, ditch, or gully. Flatten yourself against the ground for best protection.

Avoid being near trees, power lines, or any objects likely to fall on you. Avoid crests of hills or promontories.

Should a violent thunder and lightning storm strike, while you are operating a vehicle, stop and park. Remain in your vehicle until the storm has moved on.

During a storm, avoid trees and large objects that are lightning attractors.

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