More people were killed globally by natural disasters in 2010 r than have been killed in terrorism attacks in the past 40 years combined. The January earthquake killed well more than 220,000 people in Haiti.
In February, an earthquake that was 500 times stronger than the one that struck Haiti hit an area of Chile that was less populated, and better constructed. Chile’s bigger quake caused fewer than 1,000 deaths.
In the summer of 2010, one weather system caused intense heat in Russia, while farther south it caused flooding in Pakistan that inundated 62,000 square miles, about the size of Wisconsin. That single heat-and-storm system killed almost 17,000 people.
Be ready for natural disasters, and protect your family in times of emergency. Have emergency survival kits in your home and car that are capable of sustaining you and your family for at least a week without access to supplies.