Tuesday, 21 October 2014

It should be a law for families to have a natural disaster survival plan

If a tsunami hit Auckland would you have a natural disaster plan for your family? Natural disaster plans are the things that help us not freak out when something happens such as a hurricane or a tsunami. If you and your family had to evacuate, do you know where you would go? The time to decide that is before the disaster happens, not when the warning has come.

I am alarmed by the lack of evacuation plans that this country has, we aren't necessarily prone to disasters in NZ but we still have to take the caution that we would have if we were prone to natural disasters. Prior, to disasters in the past there has still been lack in plans, even if it’s just a community plan. Its not other peoples responsibility to sort out your family and make sure that they are safe.  

Natural disasters are striking the world because of climate change (tsunamis, hurricanes, earthquakes, freak storms). In 2005 Southern Florida and the Gulf of Mexico got hit by hurricane Katrina, over 1,833 people died, in it’s path it  destroyed homes and towns. About 70% of those people didn't have a survival plan.

The reason why it should be a law is because then it will be compulsory for every family or person to have a natural survival plan, and that also means that the death toll will go down after a natural disaster because people will know what they are doing when a natural disaster happens. It also doesn't put all of the problems on the shoulders of the government.

Therefore, that is why I think that it should be a law for families to have a natural disaster plan. So it makes you and your family safe, also so you are prepared for the risk when a natural disaster happens.


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