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What To Do After An Earthquake

An earthquake can leave a lot of destruction. It is fatal and it can lead to broken buildings, bridges and structures.

An earthquake can leave a lot of destruction. It is fatal and it can lead to broken buildings, bridges and structures. The best way to do during an earthquake is to hide and run for cover until the tremors stopped. You should hide in a place where you can be protected from falling objects. Only get out of it when you are assured of safety. While there are ways to survive an earthquake, what about after the disaster? Here is a guide on how to deal with the aftermath of an earthquake.

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First Responders after an Earthquake

After a large magnitude earthquake hits, first responders are at the scene to help in rescuing trapped victims and saving as many lives as possible.

After a large magnitude earthquake hits, first responders are at the scene to help in rescuing trapped victims and saving as many lives as possible. It is imperative that they get to the scene of the disaster as soon as possible. This can happen more quickly when they are local first responders, such as firemen and emergency medical technicians.

But if local first responders' services have suffered major damage, getting aid to the stricken area takes longer. Then the aid must come from disaster relief agencies outside the country. And it can be hard for them to determine the extent and severity of the damage. Once the disaster relief agencies are on the ground, they can assess the situation and provide whatever aid is needed.

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Devastating 2010 Earthquake Hinders Reconstruction Process

Haiti will forever live to remember the worst earthquake that hit its capital about two years ago. Despite the fact that the damage caused was immense, international community and the long supportive US to Haiti gave substantial hopes to Haiti's government and entire Haiti at large through reconstruction pledges. According to US top government officials who were actively involved in the life saving operation after the catastrophe, they were later to venture into rebuilding Haiti and give it a strong base for reconstruction.

There were great hopes in the success of the initiative but the catastrophe chose to hit at the cornerstone of Haiti, Port au Prince, bringing all plans to a standstill. The earthquake that flattened Haiti's capital at first seemed manageable but a destruction of major Ministry apartments hindered any progress in the restructuring process. The US in particular had pledged to provide $1.8 billion for the reconstruction but lack of stable government to set up transparent strategies on the projects to be funded ruined it all.

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Guidelines for Earthquake Preparedness

When a high magnitude earthquake hits, it can cause severe damage to life and property.

When a high magnitude earthquake hits, it can cause severe damage to life and property. Here are some safety guidelines to prepare for one.

Earthquake safety is important and every family member should know how to protect themselves. When an earthquake strikes, find a sturdy table, chair, or other strong object to crawl under, to protect from falling objects and debris. Standing under a door frame is another form of protection.

Avoid being near a window, underneath any heavy objects, including paintings and mirrors. Stay away from sofas, dressers, armoires, or other heavy furnishings, as well as the fireplace.

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How to Prepare for a Disaster

When a natural or man-made disaster hits, possible loss or destruction of property and family members' whereabouts can be traumatic. A disaster preparedness plan will insure that your family and possessions are safeguarded.

Of primary importance is family members' safety. With small children under six, get them dog tags and include names, addresses, phone numbers, and medical conditions. Place them on your child when disaster hits. For older children, have them memorize the same information.

Scout out a location where family can meet up if separated during a disaster, or if in different places when disaster hits.

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Tips for Staying Safe During Hurricanes

Hurricanes can wreak havoc. These disasters can be very dangerous, as they can destroy houses and infrastructure and even claim lives.

These are only some of the reasons why it is necessary for anyone to be prepared for such a calamity like Hurricane. If you know that a hurricane is coming, be sure to take all the precautionary measures to stay safe and secure.

One thing you have to do is to be kept updated. Watch the news and find out what is going on in your area, as well as in nearby communities. This way, you will know how strong the hurricane is, allowing you to decide whether to stay in your house or evacuate. If officials advise all residents to evacuate, it is best to follow them to be on the safer side.

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Helping Your Children Handle Disaster Images

When disaster strikes, children are one of the most people prone to trauma. The pictures they see and the stories they hear can double the disaster's impact on their emotional and psychological state. They can become more afraid, sad and agitated. In order to avoid this, you have to help them deal with the disaster's effects by talking to them and letting them know that everything would be okay later on.

It would be better to prevent your child from seeing disturbing images of the disaster. Don't let them watch the news that show the disaster's effects but remember that you still have to inform them of what is happening around them. Just don't be too graphic about it because you might scare them. Asking them about their feelings and worries about the situation can also help. This way, you are allowing your children to express their emotions and addressing them.

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Top ten important Facts you should know about Hurricane

Hurricane is a type of tropical cyclone that can cause a lot of damage.

Hurricane is associated with strong winds and rains. But how is it formed? How does it move? And how long does it usually last? These are only some of the questions that many people ask and this article contains important facts about hurricane.

A hurricane forms when water reached a depth of at least 200 feet and a temperature of more than 80 degrees Fahrenheit. However, the higher the water's temperature, the stronger the hurricane will be. When its center passes the coastline, the hurricane would make its landfall. It has an "eye," which is a low-pressure center, as well as an "eye-wall" that is actually its strongest part. From the Northern Hemisphere, hurricanes move counterclockwise while it makes an opposite turn when in the Southern Hemisphere.

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Why does everyone help when disaster strikes? - Compassion and kindness

When bad things happen, people rush to offer aid. No country understands this better than Haiti after the disastrous earthquake of January 2010. Scores of countries, the United States prominent among them came to offer assistance. The same has happened as disaster after disaster has struck different shores and regions across the globe. People clamber to give assistance. But, why?

Of course the answer given is compassion and kindness. Most people are moved into action by a need to help others who suffer, and this impetus is chalked down to caring hearts. But, according to a psychology professor, Art Markman from the University of Texas, the true motivation might actually be more selfish than altruistic.

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Mudslides and rainstorms killed 13 in Haiti and threaten even more

For the past seven days, Haiti has been getting more than its fair share with heavy rain in the Port-au-Prince region. According to Haiti's Civil Protection Department, so far a total of 13 people has been reported dead. However, according to officials, this number is likely to rise as the Haitian authority are assessing the damage caused by the recent rain and flood.

On Monday night, the southern region of Haiti received between four and six inches of rain within a six hour period. The rain has caused floods and mudslides. The situation got so bad that some people to find refuge on their rooftops.

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