“If your government officials order mandatory evacuations, heed them. You can always rebuild your home – but the loss of life is permanent.” Mark Rosenberg, M.D.
Delray Beach, FL (PRWEB) November 05, 2012
HealthyAnswers.com reported the human health dangers of extreme weather like recent Superstorm Sandy. The article states the severity of global warming and the ongoing melting of Antarctica ice masses resulting in more water mass around the world. Larger water mass also changes the jet stream as it intensifies over water versus land. Former “normal” storms can become superstorms because of the higher water temperature and sheer mass.
Citing statistics from The Natural Resources Defense Council [Extreme Weather, Climate Change, October 2012], HealthyAnswers.com also reported that 2011-2012 were the hottest 12 months ever recorded and resulted in 280 deaths from heat exhaustion. These years also saw record heat waves, droughts, wild fires, tornadoes, hurricanes and now the unprecedented Superstorm Sandy. In addition to human life lost, livestock perished as well as crops and natural resources. As referenced in a Huffington Post story [Hurricane Sandy Could Displace Rats, Spread Infectious Disease, Oct.29], there are bacterial, as well as viral dangers, from displaced rodents in floods. This can result in floodwater containing bacteria and viruses like typhus, salmonella, and hantavirus.
HealthyAnswers.com resident medical expert, Mark Rosenberg, M.D., offered several tips on Water, Food Storage/Preparation, First Aid, and Stress/Evacuation to survive extreme weather. “Flood waters can be dangerous as it’s unknown what’s beneath them – power lines, animals flushed from their homes, raw sewage, both human and animal. Trying to ride out extreme storms in your home can be foolish as well as deadly. Extreme stress, such as that which occurs with these storms, can cause serious, if not fatal, effects on health. Complete loss of home, and/or life of family or pets can cause severe depression that will need professional assistance.”
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