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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Natural Disasters (Overview)

Natural disasters are events that cause destruction, injury, and death as a result of events of nature, including floods, hurricanes, and earthquakes.


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Who helps prepare for natural disasters?

Internat. agencies: Many international organizations prepare for natural disasters and provide relief if possible. This includes a number of un agencies, international red cross, medicins sans frontieres, and a number of other agencies. Many charitable agencies spring up in the wake of natural disasters including religious related ones and citizen generated ones. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
63 doctors shared insights

Natural Disasters (Overview)

Natural disasters are events that cause destruction, injury, and death as a result of events of nature, including floods, hurricanes, and earthquakes.


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What helps prepare for natural disasters?

What helps prepare for natural disasters?

Many things: Storing some water, canned foods, a means of heating things, having flashlights and lanterns, means of dealing with predators, having hunting gear, tents, alternative means of transport, and communication equipment will all be helpful. There are books and web sites on this subject. ...Read more

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Natural disasters (Tip)

Nearly 60% of disaster- related deaths are due to earthquakes. ...See more

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What diseases become out of natural disasters?

What diseases become out of  natural disasters?

Trauma and hygiene: Diseases related to natural disasters occur during and after. During the disaster trauma can occur. A crash injury, fire, or something un planned like a fall. If you can, evacuate before the storm. After the disaster the diseases related to hygiene, fresh food and water become a major issue. Also people with prior medical needs. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Posttraumatic stress disorder due to natural disasters?

Can happen: Ptsd can result from witnessing or being victim of a natural disaster, especially if the emotional trauma is overwhelming and therefore hard to integrate into everyday experience. Ptsd doesn't always happen, though: two people can have the same traumatic experience and only one gets ptsd. The causes of ptsd are not completely understood, & are likely some mixture of genes and experience. ...Read more

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Natural disasters (Tip)

DO plan ahead. Go to FEMA site for tips on preparedness. DON'T wait until you are in a disaster. ...See more

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What are the common natural disasters coping mechanisms?

Depends: on what you are asking! In "general" when people are in natural disasters they are in shock. There is fear/anxiety, and grief. There are many ways people cope in response to disasters, and I would suggest going to FEMA.org for more info. People who have a disaster plan in advance will do better coping than those that do not, so like they say in the Boy Scouts, "Be prepared!" ...Read more

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Posttraumatic stress disorder and natural disasters, are they related?

Posttraumatic stress disorder and natural disasters, are they related?

They can be.: A natural disaster could be the trauma from which post traumatic stress disorder develops. ...Read more

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Natural disasters can precipitate a rapid spread of disease particularly where hygiene is poor.?

Natural disasters can precipitate a rapid spread of disease particularly where hygiene is poor.?

Disease and Disaster: The vectors of disease in disasters include contaminated water, contaminated food, and exposure to the natural elements. Clean water, clean food, and access to shelter and warmth are critical. Without it, exposure to the elements, germs in contaminated food and water, and lack of hygiene expose one to infection, shock, and starvation of nutrients as well as the cold and temperature change. ...Read more

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Please tell me the common natural disasters prevention and coping mechanisms?

Academics: This sounds like a school project- it would not be right for me to complete somebody's assignment for them. ...Read more

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What severe weather emergencies or natural disasters are most likely to kill you?

What severe weather emergencies or natural disasters are most likely to kill you?

Flooding: On average, U.S. flooding kills more than 100 people a year — more than any other single weather hazard, including tornadoes and hurricanes, according to the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR). Heat waves also kill thousands! About 10,000 people died during the heat wave of 1980! A lot depends on where you live also. Hurricanes and earthquakes more common on the coasts. ...Read more

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What severe weather emergencies or natural disasters are most likely to occur in virginia beach, va?

Hurricanes: Flooding secondary to storms, gradual erosion of beachfront due to wave action, and poor visibility can make your golf game worse. ...Read more

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What occurs in a hospital during a natural disaster?

What occurs in a hospital during a natural disaster?

Planning: Every hospital has an emergency response plan. Just as they are able to plan for more than the usual number of injured in case of an accident, they have plans for loss of light, water and communication. Backup generators will keep things running as calmly as possible. If people are not safe to stay in the hospital, they will be relocated to safe locatiions. ...Read more

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Will I get PTSD from surviving a natural disaster?

Will I get PTSD from surviving a natural disaster?

PTSD: It is not certain that you will get PTSD after a natural disaster but it does raise the probability that this can happen. PTSD can be a natural reaction to trauma and getting therapy for it can help it resolve. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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How come cholera fears hardly ever materialise after natural disaster?

How come cholera fears hardly ever materialise after natural disaster?

Sanitation: Cholera is spread if it is endemic and then there is contamination of the water supply. This is more likely to occur in countries that have weak infrastructure, and less likely in developed countries that have better disaster response. ...Read more

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Can a healthy heart go into cardiac arrest or heart attack due too fear, anger, exercise, sexanxiety or any kind of stress such as: natural disaster?

Can a healthy heart go into cardiac arrest or heart attack due too fear, anger, exercise, sexanxiety or any kind of stress such as: natural disaster?

Kind of: Cardiac arrest of the temporary type can occur, it is called a vaso vagal reaction, usually leads to fainting, but can cause actual stoppage of the heart for a brief time, with subsequent recovery. Heart attack can occur in a healthy heart due to severe spasms of the arteries of the heart. Are you looking to explain someone's death? ...Read more

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In a healthy heart can strong emotions such as fear, anger, anxiety and a rxn to a natural disaster cause a heart attack or cardiac arrest? :(

In a healthy heart can strong emotions such as fear, anger, anxiety and a rxn to a natural disaster cause a heart attack or cardiac arrest? :(

Yes: There is a condition caused "broken heart syndrome, " where someone can get cardiac arrest from severe stress or emotions. It is quite rare, but it can happen. It is caused by the surge of stress hormones, like adrenaline, that can be released from severe stress. I must stress - no pun intended - that it is rare, but it can happen, and I have seen it happen. ...Read more

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