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  • Man-Made Disasters

    RadiationMankind – always in such a hurry to destroy ourselves. War is always a concern, radiation from the ever-present concerns about nuclear holocaust, but what about combination natural/unnatural disasters like the earthquake and tsunami that resulted in the Fukushima nuclear accident (and resultant radiation poisoning scare) in 2011? Some Man-made disasters, such as Global Warming are not sudden, and we as a species have time to plan and adjust, others are more sudden, but with some warning (wildfires, flooding due to dam failure) and then there are the sudden ones like plane crashes, train derailments, mine and pipeline explosions, and structural collapses. How does one prepare for these? Well, there are some things people acquire like potassium Iodide pills and hazmat suits when they are truly afraid of contamination, but being generally “prepared” is usually the most reasonable thing to do – just make sure your home, work, school, car, and family are ready to evacuate if necessary, or shelter in place with food, water, warmth, shelter and communication if need be.


    Learn About Other Specific Types of Disaster Preparedness


    10 Worst Man Made Disasters of All Time according to Disasterium

    • London's Killer Fog.
    • The Al-Mishraq Fire.
    • The Nuclear Power Plant Explosion in Chernobyl, Russia.
    • The Kuwait Oil Fires.
    • The Destruction of the Aral Sea.
    • The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill.
    • Dioxin Pollution.
    • The Love Canal.
    • The Union Carbide Gas Leak.
    • The Three Mile Island Nuclear Explosion.
  • Bomb Threats and Explosions


    The use of explosives by terrorists can result in collapsed buildings and fires. People who live or work in a multi-level building can do the following:


    Bomb-ThreatIf you receive a bomb threat, get as much information from the caller as possible. Keep the caller on the line and record everything that is said. Notify the police and the building management.

    After you've been notified of a bomb threat, do not touch any suspicious packages. Clear the area around suspicious packages and notify the police immediately. In evacuating a building, avoid standing in front of windows or other potentially hazardous areas. Do not block the sidewalk or streets to be used by emergency officials.


    In a building explosion, get out of the building as   quickly and calmly as possible. If items are falling off of bookshelves or from the ceiling, get under a sturdy table or desk. If there is a fire:

    • Stay low to the floor and exit the building as quickly as possible
    • Cover nose and mouth with a wet cloth
    • When approaching a closed door, use the palm of your hand and forearm to feel the lower, middle and upper parts of the door. If it is not hot, brace yourself against the door and open it slowly. If it is hot to the touch, do not open the door--seek an alternate escape route.
    • Heavy smoke and poisonous gases collect first along the ceiling. Stay below the smoke at all times.

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