As large sections of the Midwestern United States have been battered by what some commentators have called a "historic storm," it may be a good time to remind Americans how to increase their chances of survival during similar natural disasters.
The storm, dubbed "Chiclone," led to the cancellation of hundreds of flights and left a trail of devastation, including uprooted trees, damaged cars, flooding, slippery roads and downed power lines.
Experts advise that during violent storms, individuals should stay away from windows as flying debris or falling trees can break glass, resulting in severe injuries. In fact, if hurricane-force winds are in the forecast, boarding up windows and doors may be a good idea.
In order to further minimize the risk of being hurt or experiencing property damage, Americans who live in areas that are prone to extreme weather are also advised to clear brush and any lose objects from their premises, trim bushes, and sandbag the property as the storm is approaching.
As with any other natural or man-made disasters, families should stock on non-perishable food items, such as ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits, and vegetables as well as water in plastic containers to last at least three days. The emergency survival kit should also include basic medicines, including disinfectants and bandages, a battery-powered radio, blankets, flashlights as well as spare batteries.