Survival in this world depends on how prepared you are to cope with it. Since the world we live in is dynamic, changes are expected. The reality of this truth is, “We cannot expect the world to wait for us”. Either we cope with its ever changing system or be left behind to suffer.
Yes, we live in an ever changing world. With these changes come the hazards of everyday life.
These hazards are the ones that make this world unsecured to live in. A hazard is anything that poses a threat or danger to a person, property, environment, society and economy. We face them every day. When we lie down to sleep or wake up, whether we are inside or outside our house, when we drive to places, everywhere, we are at risk. With these dangers that confront and surround us, can one still live in security? Yes, we can. Armed with correct knowledge and realistic view of this world, we cannot survive only but also live secured and peaceful.
What are these hazards we are facing? They could be categorized into two: natural or man-made.
A natural hazard can be defined as a natural event that is potentially disastrous or damaging that can result to loss of life or injury, damage or loss of property, destruction or degradation of environment. These hazards are unavoidable. There are three that fall into this category:
- Climate-related hazards – People moving to places with different climate should know the climate of the place they are moving into. This can better equip them with how to cope up with it.
- Weather-related hazard, such as, storms, droughts and long periods of rainfall. It always pays to read or listen to the news. Be updated on things that happen around you.
- Geophysical hazard, such as, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and tsunamis. Know the emergency procedures when these things happen. Master or at least have a mental note of the lay-out of your workplace, your home, school or the hotel you are staying in. Mark the emergency exits.
The other category is the man-made hazards. Being man-made, they can be avoided or controlled and minimized. You can help to deter it in your own small ways. These hazards include the following:
- Deforestation – Major devastation of forestlands due to logging, farming or mining. These results to flooding, soil erosion (which results to siltation of the coral beds) and landslides.
- Pollution – This is the major hazard that affects our health.
- Transportation – As the automobile industry advances, the number of vehicular accidents also increased. Not to include railroad, aircraft and maritime accidents.
- Crime and terrorism – Although the government is doing all it can to deter this type of hazard, one cannot just sit and watch. You have to personally employ measures to protect yourself, your family and your property. Safety begins at home.
Knowing all these can make you better equipped to face life’s hazards and respond correctly when disaster calls. It is your big step towards living a life that is both productive and fulfilled, thus, securing your future in an unsecured world.