Let’s say you’re like the 90 percent of the population who aren’t Canada emergency preparedness minded. When a natural disaster strikes your primary concern is surviving the actual event. There are some warning signs to help avoid an early demise and tips on how to ride out the catastrophe.
Just before a tsunami strikes, beach waters suddenly recede. You’ll see the floor of the ocean not normally visible. The land might tremble as ocean water rumbles toward shore. You can’t outrun a tsunami. You may have 10 to 15 minutes when the water recedes to quickly get to higher ground or enter a tall, sturdy building as far from the shoreline as possible.
When a hurricane is close, the rain, wind, ocean swells, seconds between waves crashing, and clouds increase accordingly, accompanied by a steady drop in the barometer. If you weren’t smart enough to leave with advanced warning, take cover in a basement or underground shelter. If winds suddenly slow down and the sky brightens, you’re probably in the eye of the storm and need to gear up for part 2.
You may not see a tornado until it picks up debris. Loud winds or horizontal rain are an indication of tornadic activity. Not all tornadoes have rain, but you may see abnormally large hail. Hide in an underground shelter or basement. If you’re outside and there are no sturdy buildings around, lie below ground where there’s no flooding and protect your head and neck.
For Both Tornados & Hurricanes:
If you take cover inside a house stay away from the attic, windows, mirrors, and glass. Stay in a closet or bathroom in the center most part of the house, or tuck into a corner away from windows. If you’re outside, run inside a sturdy building to the lowest level without windows. Don’t hide under a bridge because you can be swept out, as if being caught in a wind tunnel.
Earthquakes are not predictable, although some animals become agitated before one hits. If you can’t run safely outside protecting your head, lay against an object indoors that can’t topple over, like a couch or bed. When debris falls against these, it generally creates a triangular shaped space allowing a bit of room to survive in until help arrives.
On the off chance you have no clue of impending inclement weather or catastrophic event, recognizing the signs of a natural disaster and knowing how to ride one out will give you a better chance of survival.