“Safety first is safety always” according to one quote. Indeed it is true! No matter where you go, it is vital to always consider your safety. But what if while traveling a natural disaster occurs threatening your safety. Do you know what to do?
Weather-related disaster is natural catastrophe. The government agency in-charge for weather forecasting can foretell and monitor some natural disasters but others are unpredictable. Whether predictable or not, it is best to prepare for any calamity to minimize the damages. It is helpful to know how to react in case a disaster happens especially if you are traveling. You do not have to be a genius or a rocket scientist to learn the basic ways of travel safety.
Among the other forms of natural disaster, earthquake is the most common one. Minor quakes will shake you a bit. Or sometimes, earthquakes with low intensity are unnoticeable especially if you are actively moving. Meanwhile, major earthquakes are dangerous putting yourself at high risk. So what should you do during a quake?
If you are indoors – eg. inside the hotel or any establishment – when the earthquake hits, take cover under a secure spot like table. Cover your head until such time that the shaking is gone. Do not panic or run while the shaking occurs as this will put your life in danger. After the shake, look for the door or fire exit and go outside – an open ground.
In case you are outdoors, stay away from tall structures like post, concrete walls, glass walls or near the buildings. Again, you should stay in an open area to avoid possible injury from falling debris. Never go back to your hotel until it is declared to be safe.
A natural disaster like hurricane is predictable which means you can prepare for it. Preparedness is essential when it comes to this form of disaster. If you are ready, you can protect yourself.
If you have a scheduled tour during the expected arrival of the hurricane, obviously, you must cancel it. Is the activity worth pursuing? Absolutely no! You cannot afford to endanger yourself just because you want to make the most of your trip. Try to assess the structure of your hotel. Is it strong enough to withstand the strong wind and possible storm surge? If it is not then you should evacuate to a secure place.
Many inactive volcanoes became tourist spots as they offer lovely scene especially from an aerial view. In case you are in a location where an active volcano is present, you should take extra precautions. If during your trip the volcano suddenly erupts, presence of mind is very important. Never panic.
When the eruption occurs while you are outdoors, it is vital to look for the evacuation center. Do not attempt to get close to a restricted area. Volcanic ashes and debris might start falling so you should cover your head until you reach the evacuation center. Always follow the instructions of the local authorities with regards to what to do and where to go.
Remember what happened in Japan in 2011? Tsunami usually occurs after a major earthquake like the magnitude 9.0 quake in Japan. And so, it is highly advisable to be vigilant after a strong earthquake. Watch out for aftershocks as they might come in tsunami form.
If the local disaster agency issues a tsunami red alert, you should never neglect it. Stay with the rest of the guests and follow the orders of the authorities.
This article was written by Ashley O’connor. She is a travel buff and is very particular with regards to travel safety. Whether she stays in a modest motel or a famous hotel like the Palms Casino Resort, she always checks the emergency exits. Follow here on Twitter @AshleyOconnor82 or on Google+.