How To Prepare For Climate Change: 13 Tips for Your Home
It’s no secret that climate change is happening. It’s already causing major problems all over the world. And if we don’t take steps to stop it, things will only get worse. One of the most important things we can do is prepare our homes for the effects of climate change. In this blog post, we will discuss 13 tips on how to prepare for climate change!
Before we get started, we will briefly discuss the main threats to humans in climate change and what possible Scenarios could look like. Although I am not a scientist, the answers below are the essential takeaways from my research and talks with experts in this field.
What Are The Main Threats For Humans From Climate Change?
As the Earth’s climate changes, humans are increasingly at risk from various natural disasters. Flooding, wildfires, droughts, heatwaves, tornados, and mosquito-borne diseases are all potential threats that we must be prepared for.
Flooding is one of the most common consequences of climate change. With heavy rains becoming more frequent and sea levels rising due to melting glaciers, the risk of flooding is increasing in many parts of the world.
Wildfires are another growing concern in the age of climate change. With temperatures rising and drought conditions becoming more common, wildfires are likely to become more frequent and more intense.
Droughts are another consequence of climate change that can seriously threaten human health and safety. With water sources drying up, droughts can lead to food shortages, as well as increases in water-borne diseases.
Heatwaves are another potential hazard associated with climate change. As temperatures continue to rise globally, heatwaves are likely to become more frequent and more intense.
Tornadoes are another weather phenomenon that can be linked to climate change. As the atmosphere warms, tornado activity is likely to increase.
Mosquitoes are another potential hazard linked with climate change and the last main danger on our list. As global temperatures rise, mosquito populations are likely to increase, leading to an increased risk of mosquito-borne diseases such as malaria, Zika virus, and West Nile virus.
Who Will Be Affected Most By Climate Change?
Climate change is one of the most pressing problems facing the world today. And while everyone will be affected by climate change in some way, some groups of people are more vulnerable than others.
In general, people in developing countries are sooner affected by climate change than those in developed countries. This is because they often lack the resources to adapt to environmental changes and are more likely to live in areas especially vulnerable to extreme weather events.
Coastal regions are also at increased risk, as rising sea levels and more intense storms can lead to devastating floods and erosion.
In the United States, the southwest is particularly vulnerable to climate change. This region is already dry, and as temperatures rise, it is expected to experience more droughts.
These conditions will threaten the habitats of plants and animals and make it difficult for people to grow crops and access water.
As we continue to see the effects of climate change unfold around the world, it is clear that no one will be immune from its impacts. But working together can decrease our vulnerability and build a better future for all.
13 Tips On How To Prepare For Climate Change
Now, let’s start with our list of 15 tips on how you can prepare for climate change. But, first, I want to highlight that you might want to look at my article on 57 cool and unexpected ways you can combat climate change.
1) Start Growing Your Food Supplies
Homegrown foods just taste better and are an excellent way to prepare for climate change. There’s nothing like walking out to your own backyard and picking fresh fruits and vegetables to include in your dinner.
Not only do homegrown foods taste great, but they’re also more nutritious than store-bought options. And, with a little bit of planning, you can ensure that you have fresh produce all year round. That will ensure that you are less dependent on supermarkets in case of a shortage.
The best crops to grow are those that are easy to care for, keep well through the winter, and are calorie-dense. Good options include peanuts, green beans, tomatoes, and root vegetables. With a little bit of effort, you can enjoy the tastiest and most nutritious food possible.
2) Move Away From The Coasts
About 40% of the U.S. population now lives in counties along the 12’000 miles of coasts. As our climate changes, we’re seeing more and more extreme weather events like flooding and tornados. And as sea levels rise, our coastal communities are increasingly at risk.
If you live in a coastal community, a way to prepare yourself for climate change is to start thinking about moving inland.
Surging Seas is a website that shows how flooded coastal regions will be in a few decades. It’s sobering stuff. But it’s important to know what the future holds to prepare for it.
Below is a screenshot of how much Florida could be below the flood level by 2100 (in the worst case scenario).
We can do many things to prepare for climate change, but moving away from the coast is one of the most important steps we can take. So if you’re living in a coastal community, start planning to move inland.
3) Prepare Your House From Floodings
Preparing your home in advance is essential if you live in an area at risk of flooding. The first step is to check the official flood risk map to see how likely your area will be to experience flooding.
If you are in a high-risk area, there are some steps you can take to protect your home.
- First, make sure your gutters and downspouts are clear and unclogged. This will help ensure that water can drain away from your home quickly and reduce the risk of flooding.
- Second, seal any cracks in your basement walls. This will help prevent water from seeping into your home in the event of a flood.
- Third, buy a waterproof storage box for essential documents. This will ensure that your important papers are not damaged in the event of a flood.
- Next, get an indoor water alarm. This will notify you if there is water present in your home so you can take steps to mitigate the damage.
- Finally, waterproof your basement. This will help reduce the amount of water that can enter your home in the event of a flood and minimize the damage caused by flooding. By taking these steps, you can help protect your home from flooding.
4) Prepare Yourself From Wildfires
Every natural disaster is upsetting. But nothing feels like the end of the world like a wildfire. It’s dark in the middle of the day. The sky glows read. And the flames tower over you, sometimes 150 feet in the air. The late October wildfires in California drove 200’000 people from their homes.
If you live in an area at risk of wildfires, it’s important to take steps to protect yourself and your property.
One of the best ways to prepare for a wildfire is to ensure your air filter is clean. If you have central air conditioning, change the filter regularly during summer. A clean filter will help remove smoke and other pollutants from the air, making breathing easier if a wildfire approaches.
Smoke detectors can also be a lifesaver during a wildfire. People who die in wildfires are often asleep when the fire starts.
Smoke detectors can give you an early warning, allowing you to escape before it’s too late. Make sure you have at least one smoke detector on each level of your home and test them regularly to ensure they’re working properly.
If a wildfire does threaten your home, there are some things you can do to minimize damage. First, close all the windows and doors in your house to keep smoke and ash out. Then, wet some towels or sheets and place them over doorways and vents to further reduce airflow.
Finally, have some Windex or wipes on hand to clean your car windows if they get covered in ash.
Preparing ahead of time is key to staying safe during a wildfire. By taking some simple steps now, you can protect yourself and your property if a fire ever strikes.
5) Prepare Yourself For Droughts
As climate change’s effects become more severe, it’s essential to be prepared for extreme weather conditions like droughts. Here are three tips to help you get ready:
1. Install your water supply: If you live in an area prone to draughts, it’s a good idea to have your water supply. This could be a rainwater tank or a borehole. Then, if the tap water runs dry, you’ll still have access to fresh water.
2. Prepare for hygiene shortfalls: During a drought, there may not be enough water for everyone to stay clean. So it’s essential to stock up on things like soap and sanitizer. You should also have a plan to dispose of waste without using water.
3. Prepare for the time after the draughts: Once the draught has passed, it will take time for things to return to normal. There may be food shortages, so it’s a good idea to have some non-perishable items in your pantry. And there may be damage to infrastructure, so it’s worth thinking about how you could live without power or running water for a few days.
6) Tips For Preparing For Heatwaves
The hottest single temperature ever reliably recorded on this earth was in 2020. It was 130 degrees in Death Valley, California. But with climate change, heat waves will happen more often in many areas.
Here are three tips to help you stay calm and safe during a heatwave.
- First, stay cool at home. Close the curtains or blinds to block out the sun, and open the windows to let in a breeze. Use it sparingly to keep your energy bills down. And drink plenty of water throughout the day.
- Second, prepare for power outages. During a heatwave, there’s an increased risk of blackouts as demand for electricity surges. So charge your phone and have a backup plan for how you’ll stay cool if the power goes out. It’s also a good idea to stock up on non-perishable food and have a battery-operated radio on hand so you can stay informed about any local emergencies.
- Finally, stay in the shadow to reduce the risk of heat cramps, heat exhaustion, or heatstroke. Wear light, loose-fitting clothing, and avoid being outside during the hottest part of the day. And if you are outside, take frequent breaks in a cool, shady spot.
7) Tips For Preparing For Mosquitos
It’s no secret that mosquitoes are annoying pests. They buzz around your head, bite you, and leave you with itchy red welts. But did you know that mosquitoes are the deadliest animals in the world?
The diseases they carry – such as malaria, dengue fever, and yellow fever – kill about 500,000 people yearly. And with the changing climate, the risk for exotic diseases is also increasing in North America and Europe.
So how can you protect yourself? Here are three tips:
First, drain any standing water around your home. This is where mosquitoes lay their eggs, so getting rid of standing water will help to reduce the mosquito population.
Second, spray your yard with an insecticide to help keep mosquitoes away.
And finally, wear long, loose, light-colored clothing when you’re outdoors. Mosquitoes are attracted to dark colors, so wearing lighter colors will make it harder for them to find you.
8) Tips For Preparing For Tornados
When severe weather strikes, it’s essential to be prepared. Tornados can cause severe damage to homes and businesses, so it’s crucial to take steps to protect your property. In the image below, I have an overview of which states in the united states are expected to be most affected by different events.
One of the most important things you can do is upgrade your garage door. A robust and sturdy door will help to deflect debris and minimize damage. Additionally, you should prepare your windows and doors by installing storm shutters or hurricane windows.
And finally, don’t forget to trim any trees around your property. Branches can become projectiles in high winds, so removing potential hazards before a storm is best. By taking these precautions, you can help to reduce the risk of damage if a tornado strikes.
9 ) Preparing For Social Breakdown
No one likes to think about the possibility of social breakdown, but it’s essential to be prepared for anything. For example, in 2016, India experienced a severe drought that led to riots over limited water supplies.
If you are caught in a riot, try to get away as quickly as possible and show the police and the rioters that you are not the problem. The last thing you want is to be caught in a violent situation. If you can, get insight and seek shelter inside a shop, a bank, or similar facility.
10) Check Your Insurance
It’s no secret that the insurance industry has been paying close attention to the effects of climate change in recent years. As extreme weather events become more frequent and more severe, insurers are faced with an ever-growing number of claims. At the same time, the cost of rebuilding after a natural disaster is rising, putting even more pressure on premiums. As a result, climate change is taking insurance out of the realm of hypothetical concerns and making it an everyday reality for both consumers and businesses.
According to a recent report from the Insurance Information Institute, only 18% of people living in the US floodplain have appropriate insurance coverage. This leaves them highly vulnerable to financial loss in the event of a flood. Similarly, over 50% of people who lost their homes in a wildfire were underinsured by 25%. This means they lost their home and had to shoulder a significant financial burden in the aftermath.
These statistics underscore the importance of understanding your insurance policy and ensuring adequate coverage. In addition, with natural disasters becoming more common, it’s essential to be prepared for the worst. Otherwise, you could find yourself facing a devastating financial loss.
11) Install Early-Warning Apps
Early warning systems for floods and tornados can save your life. By providing advance notice of severe weather, these apps give you time to seek shelter or evacuate the area.
While many great early warning apps are available, some of the best include the National Weather Service app, AccuWeather, and WeatherBug. These apps all provide real-time alerts for impending severe weather and helpful tips on what to do in case of a flood or tornado. So if you live in an area susceptible to severe weather, download one of these life-saving apps today.
12) Preparing Your Family
As climate change’s effects become more evident, it’s crucial to ensure that your family is prepared. Here are three tips to help you get started:
1. Educate yourself and your children about the effects of climate change. The more you know what to expect, the better you’ll be able to prepare for it.
2. Create or update your emergency plan. Make sure everyone in your family knows what to do in extreme weather events or other emergencies.
3. Stock up on supplies. Keep a supply of food, water, and other essentials in case you need to evacuate or shelter.
13) Maintain Positive Thinking
Climate change is a daunting prospect. The news is full of stories about how the world is getting warmer and how this will lead to more extreme weather, rising sea levels, and devastating floods. It’s enough to make anyone feel pessimistic about the future.
However, it’s important to remember that we can do something to prepare for climate change. We can learn how to build resilience in our communities, how better to protect our homes and infrastructure from severe weather, and how to conserve resources.
By taking these steps, we can make a difference. And even though tackling climate change may seem daunting, it’s essential to remain positive. After all, we owe it to ourselves and the planet to do everything we can to slow the effects of climate change. So let’s roll up our sleeves and get started!