Whether it’s a tornado, hurricane, ice storm, tsunami, earthquake, forest fire, or avalanche we all hate natural disasters. Besides taking your life potentially, millions or even billions of dollars is spent every season on the aftermath of these terrible events. There is no part of the US that isn’t safe from natural disasters. Earth Scientists spend their lives trying to predict these events but end up falling short. Mother Nature works in ways that are unpredictable to say the least. There are certainly ways to prepare yourself from these life threatening catastrophes. It starts with knowing what region you live in and what the common natural disasters are.
The west coast is plagued with floods, volcano eruptions, and catastrophic earthquakes. The Midwest has been known for its notorious tornadoes and winter ice storms that causes tons of money to be spent on damage every winter. The east coast seems to be not as bad but still suffers from snow storms as well as nasty hurricanes that can be fatal in some situations. If you’re thinking about moving to a new city in the U.S., think about your safety first. Living in a city known for any of these natural disasters can be the difference between life or death. Of course you shouldn’t plan your life based on these natural disasters but it’s a good idea to keep these thoughts in the back of your mind.
If you’re wondering if Canada is better, ask yourself if you can live in the freezing cold your whole life.
The Southeast contains places in the U.S. like Florida, but again, hurricanes destroy land and people every year. Near Florida in the Bahamas, hurricanes are regular. Hurricane Albert took out much of the Bahaman area, including famous basketball player Tim Duncan’s home along with his pool. Hurricanes can really wreak havoc on the south and south east. But when living there, try to think of the positives our Hurricanes. They can bring in dumploads of water to the city. They can cause businesses to have a lot of work coming in. Hardware stores will have spikes in business, auto detailers will get a spike, pool cleaning services will get a lot of work, and fence re-builders. If you may be the type who wants to run away and start a new business for yourself, jumping into a business listed previously, you could definitely have a huge spike in business every few years when a hurricane hits. Plus, a lot of these services are commonly paid in cash.
Surviving a natural disaster is never an easy task. There are too many factors to consider when preparing. Of course failing to prepare is preparing to fail like mentioned before. You must understand where you live and the natural geography around you. Knowing your surroundings and what can potentially emerge is key. The U.S. is so big, various regions have very different topographies. The United States has oceans, mountains, desert, or tropical forests. All the different landscapes have vastly different atmospheres creating vastly different natural disasters.
Chances are if you live in the Midwest you’ll have a basement for protection if any tornado or ice storm comes through, where they serve as particularly life saving refuges containing necessary supplies to survive for as long as necessary. . Many people can have too many unnecessary supplies that take up way too much space. Space in the basement is extremely important when dealing with a serious situation like a tornado. In the space within the basement it’s important to keep a pile of blankets to keep warm if power is down. Sometimes, but not all the time you will be forced to stay in your house for days on end. Along with blankets having a good amount of canned food ready is key as you will get hungry. Power sources like a generator and a flashlight with extra batteries will come in handy if you’re forced to stay in your basement.
The west coast is truly one of the most beautiful parts of the U.S. With the beautiful California coast to soak up and the elaborate northwest people flock to the sites. Upon further inspection of the land citizens will be interested to know many faults and earthquakes are everywhere. The California coast line and the Pacific Ocean are at the center of two transform fault boundaries. Many people don’t realize that the west coast in the US is part pf a volcanic zone known as the “ring of fire” for earthquakes, not a good thing. When deciding on a property to buy or rent on the west coast wood framed strum tires are better than brick. When an earthquake occurs the wood framed house will sway with the movement in the ground versus falling straight down with brick. Just like you’re living in the Midwest you should have a safety kit with you stashed away with blankets, food, a generator, and flashlights with batteries. If you leave inland on the west coast, chances are you’re safer than living on the coast line. Living on the coast line is not sustainable long term. Over time with water erosion land will disappear, especially with global warming even more water will come. Living near faults is never a smart idea. Staying out of the San Joaquin Valley in California is a good idea because when rain is excessive it’s a bathtub for floods. The west coast is often referred by many as the best coast, just be careful on where you decide to stay as you may find out it wasn’t the best decision.
The east coast is full of rich history due to the first settlers in the country coming from Europe. The oldest cities in the country are on the east coast. Many people love to live there due to much of the country’s economy and tourism taking place there. Natural disasters are certainly not as bad as the Midwest or west coast. Other than severe winter storms taking over places like New York City there are not too many fatal natural disasters. The worst region to live in is the south specifically due to the terrible hurricanes experienced every year. Hurricanes produce 100 mph winds with rain that have the power to flip cars and destroys streets. Often times, when a hurricane hits the aftermath costs are the worst part. Hurricane after effect expenses people typically have to stay inside for days. It’s not safe to be outside and more often than not the power is out so people can’t go to work either. The east coast truly is a safe place to live and thrive but living in the south may pose some severe consequences so be careful.