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?Respect the Forces of Nature

Posted by on Jun 18th, 2009
2009
Jun 18

Human beings sometimes need to be reminded that they cannot control everything in the natural world. There are forces of nature that are outside of human control and humans must learn to adapt, rather than control them. The forces of nature for which we can prepare but not prevent include earthquakes, storms and, some of the natural tendencies of wild animals.
Earthquakes and Storms
Whether it is the rumbling of the ground below or a clap of thunder in the sky above, earthquakes and storms can be incredibly strong forces of nature. Scientists have found ways to predict earthquakes and storms through the monitoring of seismic activity and the use of radar.
These predictions are useful. They allow people to prepare for the impeding natural event. In the event of an earthquake, the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) recommends staying where you are so long as you are out of the way of glass or debris. If you are inside you should drop to the floor and take cover. If you are outside you should move as far away from trees and buildings as possible. Earthquakes are unpreventable forces of nature and they are not always predictable. However, you can take steps to minimize your risk of harm if you know what to do before an earthquake begins.
Storms are usually more accurately forecast than earthquakes. The best course of action is usually to stay inside. In the case of a storm with high winds, shelter should be taken in a basement or other protected area. It is important to have supplies on hand in case the storm knocks out power or makes the roads impassible for a period of time.
Animals
It is not just earthquakes and storms that are dangerous forces of nature. Many types of animals, even ones that people deem friendly, can become unpredictable and unmanageable by humans.
Take for example, the elephant. Many people enjoy watching elephants at a circus or riding elephants at the zoo. However, if an elephant becomes upset or threatened it can stampede people with little warning. There is little that a person can do if it is in the direct path of an angry elephant. For this reason, some zoos have restricted the public’s access to elephants.
Other animals can also present a danger to humans. For example, many a golfer in suburban Florida has been startled when a hungry alligator has emerged from a water hazard on the golf course. Alligators have poor vision so it is recommended that people run in a zigzag when confronted with a hungry alligator.
Humans do exert much control over their natural world. However, for our own safety, it is important to remember that the control is finite and to respect the forces of nature when confronted with a dangerous situation.

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