As the name implies, natural disasters are naturally occurring disastrous events, but there are some things you can do to ward / fight off the negative impact that they bring.
A massive fire, the staple of the city-building genre, can ruin your day and your city if left unchecked. A fire can start anywhere and anytime, but some factors are taken into account:
- There is a greater chance a fire will occur during high temperatures
- The chance goes even higher if a Heatwave is currently taking place
- Building a grid of wells / stone wells will reduce the chance of a catastrophic fire
- Building a grid of wells / stone wells will make it easier to douse any active fire
Fires can also start as a result of citizens rioting, but whatever the trigger, keep in mind that the natural life of a fire includes the fire spreading. And it can really spread far from the epicenter.
Every once in awhile, your city could be hit with a heatwave. As expected, this means out-of-the-ordinary high temperatures. This also means that fields, orchards and ranches will have reduced production during the affected season. The longer the heatwave lasts, the higher the impact on production. A standard way to counteract heatwaves is by placing wells in the vicinity of the affected buildings. This alleviates some of the heatwave's negative impact.
The opposite of a heatwave is a cold front, drilling the temperatures well below freezing. Don't expect a cold front to happen during the warmer months. It usually hits you in the Winter. The impact is two-fold:
- Citizens spend quite a bit more Firewood or Coal to stay heated
- If exposed to the elements your citizens will freeze much faster than usual
- Some production buildings are affected by the low temperature (Coal, Iron and Gold mine, Quarry, Fisherman's hut, Gatherer's shelter, Hunting lodge, Herbalist's hut, Clay pit)
The only way to fight a cold front is to suck it up and punch through it, meaning you can't. Keep an ample supply of Firewood and Coal and wait for the front to pass.