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WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM RECENT NATURAL DISASTERS?

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The past few months have been a string of devastating natural disasters for much of the world, in particular, the USA, Mexico and the Caribbean. In August, Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas, battering homes and causing widespread flooding in Houston. This was soon followed by Hurricane Irma, the strongest Atlantic storm in a decade, which bashed many Caribbean islands and the state of Florida.

Mother Nature continued to unleash her wrath, with Hurricane Maria which has left Puerto Rico in an unparalleled state of devastation. Maria was a category five storm, causing unforeseen damage and flooding to the island. It’s not just storm season wreaking havoc either – Mexico has been the victim of major earthquakes, killing at least 300 people.

It’s no surprise that conspiracy theorists are coming out to say that the end of the world is approaching – these natural disasters could certainly be a sign. In just four weeks we’ve seen a full-on assault from the weather above and the ground below, and even with the appropriate warnings in place, lives were sadly lost.

How do we cope with natural disasters?

Here in the UK, we are usually quite lucky when it comes to our share of dangerous weather and natural disasters. However, we shouldn’t see this trail of devastation across the pond as something which doesn’t affect us. It affects all of humanity, because people are defenceless against Mother Nature, and it can take communities years to recover. Many Brits were on holiday and had to shelter from these deadly storms, and who is to say that a similar weather event won’t come closer to home.

The scariest thing about natural disasters is our lack of control over them. The storms keep coming, the earthquakes keep occurring and there’s nothing we can do to stop them. Whether climate change is the cause or not, we have to deal with it. The only thing we can do, as the human race, is prepare for it as best we can. It’s not just homes which are lost in these disasters but lives too. Thanks to weather forecasts and seismic earthquake warnings, we can either avoid the path of danger as best we can or retreat to a safe place, but you can’t always escape the menacing conditions. Sometimes we lose the battle. We can only imagine what it must feel like to suddenly lose a family member in this way.

We all live in the threat of a natural disaster which is out of our control. This means you might not get to say goodbye to your loved ones because you expected to live another day. If a sudden death worries you, then why not prepare an official farewell for each of your family and friends? With SwonSong you can prepare these years in advance, and they only get sent in the unfortunate circumstance that something should happen to you. This can put your mind at rest if you’re travelling to a place which is at risk of these types of disasters.

Find out more about the SwonSong app and how it could ease the pain of loved ones at the time of your passing.

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