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Possible disasters call for preparation

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Possible disasters call for preparation

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Aina Katsikas, Reporter

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People always need to prepare in the face of a natural disaster. Trying to minimize the magnitude of storms based on forecasts is never the right perspective during hurricane season. Although Hawaii has been lucky in not being struck by the last two storms, preparation and attention are still paramount.

Families need to stock certain supplies and food to avoid the mad rush the day before a storm. Buying enormous quantities of rice, water, toilet paper and canned goods in a panic and then returning them the next day are not recommended.

Being prepared provides peace of mind. When families are prepared for natural disasters, they are ready to face what could happen. Parents and their children can endure a storm with a calm attitude knowing they have ample food and supplies. A calm attitude is significantly helpful in staying safe during a natural disaster.

Staying away from grocery stores or gas stations before a storm is supposed to hit is also necessary. Last minute panic creates congestion and long lines. Panic can be contagious and others will start to buy huge quantities which they really don’t need. Good, sensible preparation is necessary for peace of mind and to mitigate emotional upheaval.

Even if nine times out of ten the disaster doesn’t hit, being ready for that one strike  will be worth it. Most of the last few hurricanes missed Hawaii, but those that did left extensive damage behind.

One may argue that weather forecasts are accurate enough. However, as seen in the past with Hurricane Iniki, hurricanes can change their track at any moment in any direction. They don’t always follow experts’ predictions. Residents always need to be prepared.

Preparation for natural disasters is vital. Although Mother Nature can be fickle, she cannot be controled. It’s much safer for families to be prepared for current and future storms to reduce potential damage, both physical and emotional, as much as possible.

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Possible disasters call for preparation