Lack of medical care is a major problem after just about any disaster. Lots of people get hurt during or after a disaster and medical care people get overwhelmed with too many patients. It is really bad to have an ordinary illness during a disaster, because you might die from it before you can get near a doctor.
Because of the problem of getting medical care during and after a disaster, staying as healthy as possible is disaster risk reduction. This is something that you have a lot of control over.
Most people in developed nations are fat. We eat too much rich food and don't exercise enough. We have a lot of preventable illnesses like heart attacks because our cholesterol is too high. These kinds of things kill or permanently disable a lot of us.
If you are interested in disaster preparedness, staying as healthy as you can manage, has to be part of your preparedness.
If you know that you have health risks that you can reduce, you can also reduce your risk for dying from a disaster.
If you weigh too much, start doing things that will help you to get your weight down. It does not have to be done all at once. Small changes can add up to weight loss. One less pat of butter or one less spoon of sugar a day will eventually add up to a pound of weight loss. Less butter or sugar making more fat on you will give you a chance to have more money for preparedness as well.
I did a lot of early posts on this blog about weight loss or even not gaining weight during the holidays. I wrote them before the holidays, but most of it applies for any time of year. If you need to lose weight, please do disaster risk reduction. You can use my blog posts about weight control to get you started. There are lots of links to good sites on the internet to help you find out how much you need to lose and then lose it.
There are a lot of bad things in the world that we can not do anything about. We can often do things to stay healthy. This is a disaster risk reduction that you can do.