Southeast Tornadoes Prompt Interest in Disaster Preparedness Nationwide; “The Survival Doctor“ Responds
Dr. James Hubbard, “The Survival Doctor,” who’s originally from the Tupelo, Mississippi, area, is sharing his unique perspective on recent tornadoes and practical ways to prepare anywhere.
The thing about a disaster is you often don’t expect it. ... So prepare for the most likely problems in your area, yes, but also for any emergency.
As Mississippi recovers from what may be the most active day for tornadoes in its history and the Southeast continues to be impacted by dangerous storms, people across the country are examining their own preparedness efforts. Many are discovering that tornadoes can happen in unexpected places—including where they live.
Dr. James Hubbard, who is originally from the Tupelo, Mississippi, area and writes the popular blog TheSurvivalDoctor.com, has been talking to media nationwide since the storms hit. The most common questions: Should we prepare? How?
“The thing about a disaster is you often don’t expect it. Tornadoes, for example, can happen in all sorts of places,” says Dr. Hubbard, who has helped in the aftermath of tornadoes and lost friends to them. "So prepare for the most likely problems in your area, yes, but also for any emergency.”
Dr. Hubbard recommends keeping a “bug-out” bag packed with essentials in case of evacuation. Also store a first-aid kit, water, food and other preparedness items in your car. And designate a safe room in your home’s interior for use during a tornado, nuclear attack or other disaster when you have to stay inside. Keep essential supplies in that room.
During disaster recovery, beware of down power lines, nasty floodwater and even power tools. “After a tornado, I could bet on seeing chainsaw injuries,” says Dr. Hubbard.
Dr. Hubbard has created a report on his recommended emergency-medical supplies and is offering it for free when visitors sign up for his newsletter (TheSurvivalDoctor.com/sign-up).
“If you prepare and know some basic emergency-medicine techniques, you can increase your chance of surviving any disaster,” Dr. Hubbard says.
James Hubbard, MD, MPH is one of the nation’s top survival-medicine experts and the author of Living Ready Pocket Manual: First Aid. At his popular website, TheSurvivalDoctor.com, he writes about how to deal with medical problems in a disaster or whenever expert help is impossible to get. He’s been a family doctor for over 30 years, mostly in the Tupelo, Mississippi, area. He now lives in Colorado.
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