This is something I wouldn’t have thought of, living in a pretty new home, but lead paint can cause major health issues and even lead poisoning when there is an emergency. Many types of natural disasters can damage paint, meaning you could be breathing in those particles. This is especially true if you need to take refuge in a small room in your house where the lead paint could be even more concentrated or you could be knocking into and chipping off paint in close quarters.
If you live in a 60s or earlier house, chances are good there is lead paint in your house that could cause major health problems in an emergency situation, if it isn’t causing problems already.
I am not an expert on lead paint, but the EPA has a wealth of information on lead paint, how to find out if lead paint is in your home, symptoms of lead poisoning, and what you can do.
There are also many tester kits available, but don’t forget you need to check each layer of paint, not just the top one or the bottom most one. This is because paint tends to chip off in layers, and the safe lead-free paint on top might simply be covering three or four layers of lead paint beneath it.
You don’t want to survive an emergency situation only to discover you have compounded one problem with another avoidable one.