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Natural Hazards

Part 2 includes information about many types of natural hazards. Natural hazards are natural events that threaten lives, property, and other assets. Often, natural hazards can be predicted. They tend to occur repeatedly in the same geographical locations because they are related to weather patterns or physical characteristics of an area.

Natural hazards such as flood, fire, earthquake, tornado, and windstorms affect thousands of people every year. We need to know what our risks are from natural hazards and take sensible precautions to protect ourselves, our families, and our communities.

Use Part 2 to learn about the hazards that pose a risk to you. Include the pertinent information in your family disaster plan. Specific content on each hazard consists of the characteristics of that hazard, terms associated with the hazard, measures that can be taken beforehand to avoid or lessen the impact of these events, and what individuals need to do during and after the event to protect themselves.

When you complete Part 2, you will be able to:

  • Know important terms.
  • Take protective measures for natural hazards.
  • Identify resources for more information about natural hazards.
  • Flood Survival
  • Tornado Survival
  • Hurricane Survival
  • Thunderstorms & Lightning Survival
  • Winter Storms & Extreme Cold Survival
  • Extreme Heat Survival
  • Earthquake Survival
  • Volcano Survival
  • Landslide & Mudslide Survival
  • Tsunami Survival
  • Fire Survival
  • Wildfire & Forest Fire Survival



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