Natural Disasters: Past, Present, and Future

Natural Disasters: Past, Present, and Future

Author John Dietz

 Aerial view of Houston after Hurricane Harvey. Photo by LM Otero/Associated Press.

Aerial view of Houston after Hurricane Harvey. Photo by LM Otero/Associated Press.

Defying logic, however, many believe that 2018 could be even worse. According to experts surveyed by the World Economic Forum, the world is entering into a “critical period of intensified risks” due to the changing climate. Additionally, many geologists predict that there will also be a large number of earthquakes in the coming years due to a shift in the rotation of the earth. Hopefully, these predictions will fall flat.

 

 Montecito, CA post-mudslide. Photo by Santa Barbara Fire Department.   

Montecito, CA post-mudslide. Photo by Santa Barbara Fire Department.

 

Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like the experts are wrong. In fact, there has already been a natural disaster in the United States in this year - the devastating California wildfires that have killed at least 20, according to CNN. These wildfires were caused by forest fires that wiped out trees critical to making the terrain more resistant to mudslides.

 

 California during wildfires. Photo by Noah Berger/Associated Press

California during wildfires. Photo by Noah Berger/Associated Press

If you want to be more prepared for natural disasters, here are the government’s tips, as found on usa.gov. 1) Visit ready.gov, which offers tips on how to plan ahead and stay informed. 2) Get the FEMA mobile app, which gives you weather warnings, and information about shelters and disasters. 3) Sign up to get text alerts from the National Weather Service.

 

 

Want to help victims of natural disasters? Click the links below.

Donate to Mudslide Relief Efforts: https://secure.directrelief.org/site/Donation2?df_id=2924&mfc_pref=T&2924.donation=form1  and choose “Southern California Fires and Mudslides from the drop-down menu.

Donate to Victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico: http://www.unidosporpuertorico.com/en/

Donate to the Red Cross: https://www.redcross.org/donate/donation

Donate to UNICEF: https://www.unicefusa.org/help/donate

Fire and Ice

Fire and Ice

Preparing the Next Generation of Scientists - CSW Science Fair 2018

Preparing the Next Generation of Scientists - CSW Science Fair 2018