No one wants to imagine the prospect of getting caught in the middle of a natural disaster. However, thinking proactively about potentially dangerous situations can make all the difference between life and death.

In this post, you will learn about safety rules that can help you to stay safe and sound during different types of disasters.

1. Flood

No other natural calamity causes more devastation than floods. Make sure that you remain prepared if you live near a flood-prone area. Consider preparing your home for flooding. If you are advised to evacuate in case of an imminent flooding, you should do so immediately. Pack a bag containing important items such as medications that will be required for your stay away from home.

After the flooding, you should avoid contact with floodwater. The water may be contaminated with raw sewage, oil, or gasoline. In addition, the water may be electrically charged from downed power lines. You should disconnect electrical appliances and turn off the main switch in case of flooding. Also, you should listen to the news to find out whether the water supply is safe to drink.

2. Wildfires

Wildfires also cause a lot of destruction. They usually spread fast once they start, and destroy everything — vegetation and houses — that lies in their path. If you have been warned about a wildfire near your area, you should turn off the gas, and close doors and windows. Also, you should wet the roof to avoid getting your house heated up. If instructed to evacuate, you should leave the house immediately.

3. Earthquake

An earthquake is yet another common natural calamity that results in great death and destruction. In case of an earthquake, you should immediately leave the house. Avoid entering the building until the tremors stop.

To prevent an explosion, you should disconnect electricity and gas. Also, if you are caught inside the house when the earthquake strikes, you should seek shelter under a strong desk.

4. Tornado

A tornado is a natural disaster that involves winds traveling at more than 250 miles per hour. The winds can cause great destruction of property and life. You should have a place to seek shelter in case of a tornado. Consider installing a safe room where you can go to in case of a tornado. If you are outside when the tornado strikes, you should get out of the car and seek shelter. Avoid being under an overpass or a bridge as these areas are dangerous when a tornado approaches.

Disaster can strike anytime. You should remain prepared by following the safety tips mentioned in the post. Also, you should prepare yourself for an emergency by learning about cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). You can learn about the essential lifesaving skill by enrolling in an online CPR certification class.