Disasters, no doubt, have always been part of human history, long before literate societies emerged to record them, yet, in the 21st century they have become increasingly significant in shaping human societies. The ever-increasing global population tends to cluster around points of geophysical niches prone to natural disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes, tornados, flooding, and droughts. And, the ever-increasing industrial use of energy, much of it non-renewable, promotes destruction of vital resources leading to potential catastrophes, such as global warming. The vulnerability of marginalized populations, such as refugees and migrants, has increased as many people are separated from long-standing socio-cultural support systems. Indeed, massive and rapid global communication and transportation capabilities make us, as a human village, more urgently in need of understanding disasters. Recognizing the importance and urgency of dealing with disasters whereever they occur, the United Nations declared the 1990s as the Decade for Disaster Reduction.
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Remember to prepare for everyone in the home. When you are putting together a plan to prepare in the case of an emergency, it is very important to remember to plan for not only yourself and your children, but also for your family pets and any guests who could potentially be with you at the time of the emergency.