Talking about natural disasters could prepare you for the worst, researcher says

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The US won’t be prepared for the next natural disaster

How prepared is the United States for the inevitable next disaster?

Hurricane Florence killed 50 and caused $22bn in damages last year; shortly after, Hurricane Michael killed 36 and left hundreds without homes. The California wildfires erupted the following month, destroying thousands of structures and leaving 89 dead. As climate change causes more intense superstorms and at a higher frequency, things are only likely to get worse.

Researchers, representatives, and residents have called for better preparation. A study released this year by the National Institute of Building Sciences found that every $1 spent on hazard mitigation saved the nation $6 in future disaster costs and, for years, severe storms have been heralded as the “wake-up call” – the disaster that will finally spur action. Yet last year, the federal government spent more than $300bn on disaster recovery…


Talking about natural disasters could prepare you for the worst, researcher says

Humboldt County locals of all stripes share something in common: They’re standing just a handful of miles above one of North America’s most seismically active regions.

If natural disasters are a unifying event, then just talking about it with others is a good step toward being prepared, said Lori Dengler, a retired Humboldt State University professor who advocates for emergency preparedness. Sociological data indicate that discussing what to do in a natural disaster is a good way of preparing the brain, she said.

Dengler is prolific in preparedness efforts around the county, spreading the word on the different kinds of disasters, how they strike and what locals can do to help themselves out ahead of time…

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