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Are you prepared for a natural disaster?

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Natural disasters take a significant financial, personal and psychological toll on those who live through them. Personal preparedness for disasters more likely to occur in your geographical area will help reduce your risk of injury
  • Mobile apps designed to assist and support during natural disasters have been developed by multiple agencies; data collected during a disaster is also used to help emergency personnel prepare for the next natural emergency
  • As weather patterns continue to change over time, the number of climate related disasters is on the rise, making it ever more important to prepare beforehand, and to seriously consider getting psychological help afterward
  • Planning for an emergency, practicing your plan and staying informed helps reduce your risk of injury during severe weather, extreme heat, nuclear power plant emergencies or any of the 29 other potential disasters identified by Ready.gov

Natural disasters take a significant financial, personal and psychological toll on those who live through them. The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration points out that natural disasters affect mental health not just before the event but after as well:

"The toll and trauma that stems from disasters can contribute to stress and anxiety, acute stress reaction and ability to self-regulate — and for some, post-traumatic stress disorder."


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