Prepare for the Unexpected: What You Need to Know About Weather Disasters

Learn what a weather disaster is, some common types of weather disasters, and tips on how to prepare for them.

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Published 9 Jun 2022

What is a Weather Disaster?

A weather disaster is a severe weather event that causes significant damage. Some examples of these include the occurence of tornado, hurricane, blizzard, flood, wildfire, or any extreme weather event that can cause damage and disruption to people's lives.

It’s important to be prepared for any type of severe weather event. In some cases, a weather disaster can lead to a humanitarian crisis, this is why it is essential to be mindful and be prepared.

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What are the 3 Common Types of Weather Disasters?

There are three common types of weather disasters: storms, floods, and wildfires

Storms

A storm is a sudden, violent, and often hazardous weather event that is characterized by strong winds and heavy rain.

A storm has 4 major kinds:

  • Thunderstorms: Occur when warm, moist air rises rapidly and cools creating cumulonimbus clouds.
  • Hurricane: Also known as a tropical cyclone, is a large rapidly rotating storm that forms in the ocean.
  • Tornado: A tornado is a violently rotating column of air that touches the ground and moves along the surface at speeds close to 300 km/h.
  • Winter storms: They occur during freezing temperatures wherein it causes blizzards, snow, and ice storms.

Floods

A flood occurs when there is an abnormally high amount of water that flows into an area. This water can be caused by heavy rains or melting snow.

Wildfires

Wildfires naturally occur when heat from the sun or other sources of heat causes dry straw, brush, trees, and other combustible materials to ignite.

Unfortunately, wildfires can also be man-made due to negligence or other incidents such as leaving campfires, cigarettes, and other unmitigated activities that involve combustible materials.

What are Some Things You Can do to Prepare for a Weather Disaster?

Emergencies can happen at any time and it’s important to always be prepared. A weather disaster is an unexpected event that can cause major damage or loss of life.

There are a few things you can do to prepare for a weather disaster. Below are some things you can do:

  • Create a disaster preparedness plan
  • Make a survival kit with supplies like water, food, and flashlights
  • Make sure you have a safe place for where you’ll go and what you’ll do if a disaster strikes

It is also essential especially if you live in an area that is prone to severe weather, to sign up for notifications from your local government or emergency management agency. This will help you stay up-to-date on the latest information and keep you safe during a weather emergency.

How Can You Stay Safe During a Weather Disaster?

In the event of a weather disaster, it’s important to remember a few key things in order to stay safe. Here are a few tips:

  • Stay indoors as much as possible. If you must go outside, avoid flooded areas and downed power lines.
  • Never drive through a flooded area – you could get stranded or lose control of your car.
  • Keep a battery-powered radio on hand to listen for updates.
  • Make sure to have plenty of water and non-perishable food on hand in case of emergencies.
  • If you have pets, make sure you have plenty of food and water for them too, and put them in a safe place where they can’t escape.
  • If evacuation is required, make sure that you do it quick as possible while also making sure to do in a safe manner by following the instructions of local authorities.

Preparation is the Key!

When it comes to weather disasters, it’s better to be safe than sorry. By being prepared and knowing what to do, you can minimize the risks to you and your family.

Make sure you have an emergency kit stocked with supplies, create an evacuation plan, and stay up-to-date on weather forecasts so you know when a storm is headed your way. With these tips, you can rest assured that you’re ready for whatever Mother Nature throws your way.

Shella Marie Ang

SafetyCulture staff writer

Shella Marie Ang

Shella Marie Ang is a content contributor for SafetyCulture. Cultivating her experience in social media marketing, virtual assistance, and SEO has helped her create compelling content for websites and blogs. Her medical background also has given her an edge when it comes to writing medical and health-related content. She loves reading in her free time and being around other creatives.

Shella Marie Ang is a content contributor for SafetyCulture. Cultivating her experience in social media marketing, virtual assistance, and SEO has helped her create compelling content for websites and blogs. Her medical background also has given her an edge when it comes to writing medical and health-related content. She loves reading in her free time and being around other creatives.