My answer to If a disaster were to strike, what will I wish I had done to prepare?
Answer by Desmond Last:
What is your disaster going to be? Floods, Drought, Earthquake, Food Shortage, Snowfall including Avalanche, Mudslide, Climate Change Refugees or Volcano?
In Australia I developed a new system for dealing with disaster at the National and International Level; a system which at the moment we do not have.
Governments are completely unable to comprehend the effects of the disasters man-made or not we are now having and will have.
Why is that? Are they stupid, unintelligent or do they not care?
We hope none of the above. They rely on others to provide them with information and solutions. As we all know there has been a lot of misinformation when it comes to climate change.
The Military Top Brass do not seem to understand their role in Climate Change. They choose instead, to arm themselves with bigger and more expensive military hardware, which climate change will make impossible to use.
However as Governments will not listen to me it also means they will not listen to others like me. So you are on your own.
Here is some advice.
Rule Number One. Do not wait for Government to prepare you.
Floods, Drought, Earthquake, Food Shortage, Snowfall including Avalanche, Mudslide, Climate Change Refugees or Volcano they will occur with little or no warning.
You must increase your awareness time. Find out how likely it is your are going to be struck by a disaster and when.
Organise a local town hall meeting. Ignore the trolls.Ask yourselves these questions.
Where is it coming from? How fast will it travel? Where are we going to go to get away from it?.
Make a list of everybody in your community who will need assistance to move.
Have your belongings ready to be packed into sealed containers and prepare to bury them, including your car if you have other transport. In a bush-fire the heat inside your home could reach as high as 700 degrees centigrade.
Flood prevention of your home should include a sump pump and water pump, as well as flood-proof doors.
Make sure you have plenty of water and you can transport it. Tinned food only.
The most important part of preparing for a disaster is training. You and your community must practice and prepare for evacuation. With your local fire and emergency services have a practice evacuation at least every six months.
The other is to increase the disaster lead-time. When you see the fire it is to late. When you smell it get out.
Throw all your available resources at putting out the fire when it is at its smallest not when it is at its largest. The same with floods. Prepare in the summer not the winter.
I cannot stress enough how important it is not to rely Central Government. A sad fact but true.
Natural or man-made is does not matter you still have to deal with the disasters. They are only going to get worse.