Disasters often give you little time to react.
A matter of seconds can be the difference between life and death.
Here’s one possible way to give yourself a head start in the face of an imminent disaster.
Natural disasters have the power to do unspeakable damage to a town, city, state, or even an entire region.
Loss of life and billions in property damage are the norms.
Any advantage you can seize in order to get ahead of a disaster is invaluable.
One way to tell if a disaster is on the horizon is by watching the behavior of animals.
Sharp drops in barometric pressure are often signs that a powerful storm is imminent, and animals can sense this.
Acute Hydrostatic pressure drops send a similar signal to fish that trouble is on the way, and they seek out deeper water.
Also, infrasonic pulses are low vibrations that can clue in animals that an earthquake or a volcano looms.
While we have developed technology for gauging when trouble is coming, sometimes the measurement systems are wrong or the information isn’t disseminated quickly or far-reaching.
That’s why being able to read animal behavior can come in handy.
First, birds and bees take shelter when a storm is on the horizon.
Bees head to their hives, and birds might alter their migration patterns and head for calmer climates.
A study at Berkeley showed that a bird called the golden-winged warbler left their habitat over a day before an impending storm.
This can be particularly helpful if you live in tornado country, because tornadoes are notorious for striking with very little advanced notice.
The sheer devastation of a hurricane can’t be predicted, but its arrival is well-reported on several days in advance.
Deadly tornadoes can form and strike within minutes.
Farm animals also react to storm warnings.
Herd animals head for higher ground in advance of a storm, and horses might even refuse to eat while acting in an agitated manner.
Chickens have even been known to stop producing eggs.
Dogs will also become unsettled and aggressive before a natural disaster strikes.
Scientists have posited that dogs can sense the low vibrations that signal an earthquake is imminent.
There have been several accounts of dogs having a fit and alerting their owners that trouble was on its way.
That small window of time might be enough to get you and your loved ones out of the way of collapsing debris.
Being attuned to your dog’s behavior will absolutely come in handy.
The behavior of fish changes, too.
As mentioned before, they will seek deeper water in advance of a storm, but they will often get very aggressive before that happens.
Some fishermen actually go out on the water if they believe a storm is coming to take advantage of the aggressive fish.
Also pertaining to water creatures, frogs seek out higher ground before a disaster and become quieter at night.
Animals may not be able to talk, but they have a lot to say.
The best survivalists pay close attention and buy themselves the critical extra time needed to avoid the full brunt of a disaster.