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Natural disasters: What would you take?

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FILE – In this Sept. 27, 2019 file photo a basketball board is seen next to a car among the debris left by Hurricane Dorian, in a neighborhood destroyed by the storm in Abaco, Bahamas. Any concern about whether it was appropriate to be playing sports in the Bahamas while parts of the multi-island nation continue to recover from the effects of the storm was quickly dispelled by officials. Officials are hoping tourism and upcoming sporting events aid recovery efforts by boosting the economy to pay for reconstruction and raising awareness for people to donate or volunteer for ongoing work. Participants in those events _ including the eight-team Atlantis tournament opening Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019 are also helping in the recovery. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa) Full story: https://www.nwaonline.com/news/2020/jan/26/university-of-arkansas-team-works-satel/

Natural disasters: What would you take?

Someone tell Mother Nature to calm down because, at this rate, we might not make it to the next decade!To be fair, part of it is our fault, seeing as we’re treating the environment as we like and in the process disrupting environmental patterns and in effect contributing to this extreme weather.

The devastation by floods and mudslides in some regions and raging fires in others got me thinking about what I’d do if I had to evacuate at a moment’s notice. You’ve probably seen reports of Australians who died in their cars and several bodies found in their burnt-out homes.

It’s sad. I was also touched by a widow who returned to her house to save her late husband’s ashes. Puts things in perspective. People say all the time how your life is the most important thing you should try to save as possessions and material things can be replaced, which is true but at the same time, you’re not going to stand back and watch your valuables burn. You spend lots of money on these items and sometimes it’s hard to let go…

 

How to Prepare and Respond When Natural Disasters Cause a Nuclear Emergency

The International Atomic Energy Agency has held its first course to train participants on preparedness and response to a nuclear emergency.

Imagine a nuclear emergency triggered by another emergency, such as a natural disaster like an earthquake, volcanic eruption, or tsunami. Or, imagine a tropical cyclone, hurricane or civil disturbance leading to a radiological emergency. Preparing to respond in complex emergency scenarios is what participants learned to do at a recent course on the topic, the first-ever such course by the IAEA, offered in cooperation with Austria’s Civil Protection School in Traiskirchen, near Vienna.

“It is unlikely that a radiological event will be affected by an extreme natural disaster, but it is a possibility we need to be aware of and ready to respond to,” said Emiliano Mingorance Sánchez, Head of the Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Technical Unit at the Spanish Guardia Civil, who participated in the course…

 

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