Last Updated: Tuesday, April 7, 2015

What is a natural disaster?

A natural disaster is a sudden natural event triggered by environmental factor which can cause loss of life or property damage.

Earthquakes, floods, landslides, volcanoes, tornadoes, hurricanes, tsunamis, fires etc are some of the common natural disasters worldwide that have claimed several lives causing huge economic losses.

Frequency of natural disasters have increased in rapid amount in last several decades. Some types of natural disasters are more common in some places of the world than others. In some cases, we can have warning of a natural disaster but other times it may happen without notice.        

We have developed several natural disasters early warning system which provides warnings of natural disasters before they impact people and property. However, in spite of all the capabilities for advance warnings, we are still quite poor at preparing for these natural disasters.

Poor countries are those to have more serious impacts of the natural disaster. It is important for countries to develop emergency preparedness to be much safer and sustain less damage during an emergency situation caused by natural disasters

Out of 100 cities with the greatest exposure to natural disasters, about  56% were found in Asian nations in 2014. Thus, it is important to know how we can prepare for natural disasters with proper emergency preparedness plan for less natural disasters damage.