|Ecological Preparation for Natural Disasters|
|Sunday, 28 October 2012 00:00 | Written by John Potter | Article|
If you’ve experienced a hurricane, tornado, flood, earthquake or other natural disaster, you know firsthand about the accompanying loss of life and property. But natural disasters also take their toll on the environment in ways both apparent and insidious. Widely strewn garbage and wreckage often change the look and feel of a place; sometimes even the most familiar areas are rendered unrecognizable. With hurricanes and tornadoes, there is also defoliation. And in the case of flood, tsunami, volcanic eruption and earthquake, the ground itself can be redistributed—modifying the actual topography.
In almost all extreme natural-disaster situations, possessions and the materials from which homes are made are flung far and wide. Suddenly the way a person has lived becomes very public in a strange way. Many possessions will never be found and any non-biodegradable items may lie unnoticed for years, profoundly affecting the ecology of an area.
An Ounce of Prevention
The second method of handling the problem of dispersed garbage and wreckage is to live as green as possible. If a person’s home is made from eco-conscious materials and most of their possessions are biodegradable, they lessen the impact of having that stuff spread across a large area. As an example, it’s not uncommon to have a shed in the yard. As most sheds are far less robust than a home, it’s more likely a shed will be destroyed. Therefore, it’s a good idea to stock the shed with eco-conscious cleaning materials, paint strippers and the like rather than the alternatives in case they end up scattered across your neighborhood.
Taking the proper precautions for a natural disaster reduces the chance of damage to your home, which reduces possible environmental degradation resulting from your home’s destruction. The unprepared may improvise effective solutions to problems, but they may not be good for the environment or their own safety. A little preplanning can make a world of difference in both your survival and the health of your environment.
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