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If you lived where a natural disaster is deemed to occur soon, would that factor into your day-to-day existance?

Asked by msh (4262points) September 22nd, 2015 from iPhone

Fault lines, volcanic activity, massive flooding water levels, etc.
What if you are living near or on one of the places where catastrophic conditions are not a maybe, but a when. Would it have a place in your decisions or daily thought at all?
Yes, before it starts: I realize that you can die in a bathtub. I know, getting hit by a car… Or best yet- that fateful meteorite with your name on it could hit and kill one also….

That’s not what I’m asking.

I mean the natural disasters that loom constantly:
fault-lines along both US coasts, living near (Mt Etna) or on (Hawaii) active volcanos, coastal cities underwater- with oceanic activity and sudden land shifts.
Moments that quickly change everything forever.
Does it / would it change or shape your daily thoughts or future planning? Oklahoma and the Texas-panhandle can build tornado shelters, but what if the threat guaranteed to happen soon, still looms great?
A funhouse on the fault-line?
Do you worry?
Do you pack supplies?
Pray that it’s quick?
Not buy insurance? ( bitchin’ rates, I would guess! )
Tell those you love a little bit more vehemently?
Or go on the thought that we’re all gonna go sometime?
What if, in real life, you survive part one of whatever has happened, as part two is on the horizon? Who you gonna call?
Or is it all: “It’s a lovely day in the neighborhood….” NBD?
Would you, or do you, think about it every day? Would you move away because of it?

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Cruiser's avatar

I am fully prepped but not for a natural disaster. I also am quite confident I could survive most any natural disaster I have so far seen or read about. If we are talking about a Zombie apocalypse that would be another story as I don’t have my Zombie mower yet but I think I could get my hands on a combine in short order if I had to.

zenvelo's avatar

It pops up occasionally in my consciousness, but then falls away when I am in a more quotidian mood.

I live in the San Francisco Bay Area, have lived in California for fifty years. Earthquakes are a part of existence here, but they don;t loom large in our thought process, other than normal readiness. Most people have thought about an earthquake kit, I did emergency preparedness training here at work years ago.

The Boy Scouts and other groups hold periodic reminders and exercises, and of course the most routine 3.5 temblor causes a spate of news reports to be ready. Every April 18th, the Anniversary of the 1906 quake, the sirens sound and we all practice getting under a desk. But most of us don’t focus on it on a daily basis nor do we lose sleep or have anxiety attacks over it. It is the cost of living in the best place on earth.

And, we also prepare our yards for firestorms, cut back the weeds, know what to get out of the house if we have to evacuate pronto.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

It will make you a lot more careful, because it strips your thoughts that you are invincible right away. I’ve been through two major floods, and had tornados come close to the house. My house is high enough on a hill I’m safe. But the poor people who live near waterways. Mother Nature is a bitch and you don’t want to mess with her.

ucme's avatar

I worry that our house staff will be washed away on a wave of apathy…fuckin union!

Coloma's avatar

I already live in the wildfire capitol of the US, Northern CA. We just came through this beast burning about 50 miles from us about 10 days ago. The Butte fire.

So sad, 100’s of homes, barns, livestock, horses, pets lost and several fatalities of home owners trying to defend their properties in these hills or escape the fast moving fire.
We have 2 horses, 2 burros, 6 geese and ducks, 8 chickens, 2 cats and a dog here and have had the horse trailer and crates & kennels ready to go on standby all summer. Still not out of the fire woods here until the first good rains hit. Come on El Nino!

Dutchess_III's avatar

I start stacking important stuff by the basement door every spring, but that’s about it.

Cruiser's avatar

Doing my rain dance for you @Coloma I hope this fire stays far away from you as you have had more than your fair share of shit bombs as of late.

Coloma's avatar

@Cruiser Shit bombs, haha…more like flaming shit bombs.
@Dutchess_III Why are you stacking stuff by the door in spring? Tornado time for Dorothy and Toto?

Dutchess_III's avatar

Tornado time for Dorthy and Toto. We only get a few seconds of actual warning. Sometimes the sirens don’t even go off until the damn thing is gone. However…you can feel it in the air for hours before hand.

Cruiser's avatar

@Coloma LOL! Then those must have been flaming shit bombs with colorful sparkles! :D

Coloma's avatar

@Cruiser like this haha

@Dutchess_III I find tornados fascinating, but I’m sure I wouldn’t if I saw that monster coming at me.

Cruiser's avatar

@Coloma ha ha YES! Darwins law that manifests in videos like this is what makes YouTube all the more entertaining! :D

Dutchess_III's avatar

I find them fascinating too, but I’ve only ever seen one. Rick and I had chased it down. It was a rare white tornado. Beautiful and fascinating.

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