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The Basics

In the past decade, huge natural disasters around the world have made headline news. Think about Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf of Mexico in 2005 or the earthquakes in Haiti and Chile in 2010. And in 2013, there was the deadly typhoon in the Philippines. We hear about the loss of lives and property damage, but the problems don’t end there.

People must figure out what to do about damaged crops, fire risks, water pollution, water-related damage (for example, mold) and increased health risks to survivors.  Although we can’t always prevent natural disasters, we can make sure we are prepared. Preparedness can involve storm forecasting and early-warning alerts, medical advances, and faster rescue response times.


Did you know ?

Hurricanes can cause winds to blow higher than 155 miles per hour!

Learn More

Explore the links below to learn more about the types of natural disasters, including what you can do to prepare for them — and respond to them.

Read About It Read About It

Bacteria, Bugs, and Other Problems (Johns Hopkins University Ecohealth) - Discusses infectious diseases and the impact of climate change on infectious disease emergence and patterns.

Floods: Water Gone Wild (Johns Hopkins University Ecohealth) - Information on dangers of flood water and how it can hurt us.

Septic Systems (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) - Information on water-related emergencies and outbreaks; what to do before, during, and after.

Storms and Floods (Tox Town - National Library of Medicine) - Information about storms and floods; resource links to Medline Plus, associated topics, and specific chemicals found in floods.

Storms: Weather Gone Wild (Johns Hopkins University Ecohealth) - Information on storms: how they affect human health and how to be prepared.

Games and Activities Games and Activities

Stop Disasters (International Strategy for Disaster Reduction) - Online game to learn how to stop various disasters like floods and wildfires.