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How to survive an apocalypse
LONDON-From Hurricane Irma to the Northern California wildfires, this year has seen its fair share of natural disasters.
These disasters may have you thinking about what you should do in the eventuality one hits your city – how do you prepare and should you think about leaving?
According to an expert, a lot of what drives large-scale evacuations is mass hysteria and fear, and most natural disasters don’t require an immediate evacuation because they can be predicted, for example hurricanes. However, there are certain things city dwellers can do in preparation for a sudden disaster.
John Renne, the Director of the Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions at Florida Atlantic University, told The Week that while people don’t necessarily need to evacuate during disasters, they should be prepared for one.
Firstly, Renne recommends that people should plan on staying in their homes and cities as opposed to fleeing.
This is because there aren’t many situations where you would need to evacuate an entire city. And for some types of disasters, such as chemical…
Tech and social media help in disaster-prone Asia
Four years after a colossal Pacific Ocean storm battered the city of Tacloban in central Philippines, Jerby Santo remembered how as one of around 10 million Philippine expatriates, he was waiting anxiously for news of Typhoon Haiyan making landfall at his home town.
Even though the Philippines often bears the brunt of storms veering off the southern Pacific, Haiyan had prompted an unusual level of uneasiness. “I was in Phnom Penh on the eve of the storm, the internet was abuzz, what was going to happen?” he recalled, speaking at a commemorative event organized by the Newton Tech4Dev Network and De La Salle University in Manila on Nov. 9.
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