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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…