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Dr. Steven Griggs
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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. Steven Griggs
29 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?

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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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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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?

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.?

True: Natural disasters such as earthquakes and volcanoes can disrupt normal civilization, especially methods of distribution of clean water and disposal properly of sewage so that disease spread is much more common and diseases ordinarily absent such as cholera might become prevalent. ...Read more

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I think I have a fear of natural disasters. How do I know?

I think I have a fear of natural disasters. How do I know?

Fears: Most people have some degree of fear of natural disasters. It has to do with survival. ...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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