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September 9th, 2011
04:44 PM ET

TEDMED: How to prepare for a natural disaster

With all of the storms brewing and wildfires raging, it's a good time to think about what steps you would take to keep yourself and your family safe in an emergency.

FEMA administrator Craig Fugate spoke at TEDMED 2010 about how the government responds to emergencies and what to think about for your own safety.

TEDMED is an annual event that brings together dozens of luminaries from a variety of fields to "demonstrate the intersection and connections between all things medical and health care related: from personal health to public health, devices to design and Hollywood to the hospital." TEDMED 2010 took place from October 26 to 29 in San Diego, California.


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    September 11, 2011 at 00:54 | Report abuse | Reply
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  3. Robert Morton, M.Ed., Ed.S.

    I write a blog called Open Source Intelligence News (OSINT) and as a member of the Association For Intelligence Officers (AFIO), have been security minded when it comes to terrorist attacks. However, the number of natural disasters, due to climate change, is becoming rather significant. I recently wrote an article on this topic and ways families can protect themselves from a suddent cut-off of essential needs. The article didn't mention that children who have experienced a disaster may be traumatized for years to come, so parents must prepare their kids for emergencies without scaring them unnecessarily, and access resources that can help them after a disaster strikes.

    With the increase in activity of earthquakes, floods, home fires, hurricanes (the number of tropical storms broke a 100-year-old record), mudslides, nuclear power plant accidents, the threat of nuclear attack, terrorist attack and detonating WMD's like the Oklahoma City bombing, not to mention Cyber, dirty bomb, chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear attack, severe thunderstorms accompanied by heavy rain, hail, lightning, strong winds, flooding and tornadoes, tornados, tsunamis, earthquakes, volcanoes, droughts (poor Texas), wildfires, winter storms, Blackouts and power outages...the list is more, and it's due to rapid climate change. The free OSINT News site has a neat article listing dozens of preventative measures you can take to protect your family members. I hope you get some mileage out of it.
    http://osintdaily.blogspot.com/2011/09/osint-news-supports-emergency.html

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