It would be ideal if we avoided areas threatened by natural hazards. Since that is not always possible, the alternative is to adapt by being more personally aware and prepared.
In the United States September is National Preparedness Month (in Canada it is held during the first full week of May; in Bangladesh the last Thursday in March). Having a specific time reminds us that we certainly need to be aware of the threats posed by natural hazards. We also need to be prepared for these threats, as individuals and communities.
It was no surprise to me that the USGS’s first unofficial ‘prepper’ post was a list of resources for educators and kids. With advisories, it helps to have the end user understanding them; we might as well start young.
So, I began a series in Decoded Science on hazards preparation with what I know, from experience, appeals to students: volcanoes.
If I’d been asked to speculate, however, what natural hazard the USGS would begin its 30 days of preparedness tips with, I admit it would not have been Geomagnetic Storms. That’s something I don’t think about, although being a Canadian I love the Northern Lights. And I’m sure many others view the space between the planets as empty and therefore harmless. But I guess I should change my thinking because Geomagnetic Storms was the natural hazard they chose.
The tragedies in Colorado led to a discussion of flash flooding and landslide awareness and preparedness. The series also include earthquakes, hurricanes and collapse sinkholes. I encourage you to take a look.