Debris is scattered for miles, houses are unrecognizable, tress are bent like wet noodles, and vehicles have been thrown like baseballs. This would be an aftermath of a natural disaster. Natural disasters come in many forms such as earthquakes, tornados, floods, blizzards, fires, and volcanic eruptions, just to name a few. Every type of disaster is not subjected to one specific area (Hess and Wrobleski 2003). Which means that people in certain areas only have to prepare for those disaster that are likely to transpire in their region. Preparation now days use communication and technology. New advances in communications make it easier to share and expand information. While the technological advances have increased our opportunities to share information as well (Department of Homeland Security 2004). The responses to natural disasters have been to invest in early warning systems that tend to protect lives and properties (FEMA, Disasters 2000). People should manage natural disasters by bringing new emphasis to research, preparedness, response, and recovery.
Agencies and systems have researched natural disasters for years. Scientists now are developing more accurate methods of warning (FEMA, Disasters 2000). Technology has allowed for better sensors and models so scientists can expand their understanding of the causes of disasters. With the expansions of communications and technologies, warnings are more likely to occur (Department of Homeland Security 2004). However not all natural disasters are forewarn able. Earthquakes and tsunamis can wreak havoc because of their unpredictability. Though it is up to the warning systems to relay information to those persons at risk (FEMA, Disasters 2000).