Hazards

Fighting Fire on the Fourth

The crackle of sparklers and thunderous boom of fireworks overhead are hallmarks of Independence Day celebrations, but these fiery displays can have unintended consequences. According to the National Fire Protection Association, fireworks account for two out of five fires reported on Independence Day in a typical year. The majority of fires associated with fireworks are […]

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Lightning Safety Awareness Week – “When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!”

Summer is the season to be outside. Warm weather compels us to run, swim, hike and ride, and the long hours of sunlight provide ample time to enjoy this most active of seasons. Summer is also prime time for thunderstorms, which produce lightning, among other potentially dangerous hazards.  June 22-28, 2014 is Lightning Safety Awareness […]

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Get Ready for Hurricane Season

May 25-31, 2014 is Hurricane Preparedness Week.  NOAA predicts a near-normal or below-normal Atlantic hurricane season this year, but it’s important to remember that it only takes one land-falling hurricane to cause major impacts. Hurricanes come with many hazards – storm surge, high winds, heavy rains, inland flooding and even tornadoes. The official Atlantic Hurricane […]

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America’s PrepareAthon!

America’s PrepareAthon! is an opportunity for individuals, organizations and communities to prepare for specific hazards through drills, group discussions, and exercises. The first National Day of Action is April 30, 2014 and will focus on preparing for spring hazards. This is the perfect opportunity to learn more about the disasters that could happen where you […]

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Measuring Rain and Snow from Space

Rain and snow observations are about to become more sophisticated thanks to a new satellite cruising 253 miles above Earth.

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Winter Olympics Snow Woes?

It goes without saying that snow is an important ingredient for the Winter Olympics. So what happens when warm weather impacts the quality and quantity of snow? Sustained above-freezing temperatures create slushy snow that can impact winter sports in myriad ways – slowing down alpine skiers and halfpipe riders, making tricks more difficult, and creating […]

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Tennessee Severe Weather Awareness

Tennessee observes Severe Weather Awareness Week from February 16-22, 2014. This is a great time to Be a Force of Nature and make sure you and your family are prepared for the kinds of severe weather you might experience where you live. Tennessee’s most common natural hazards are tornadoes, floods and thunderstorms. One of the […]

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Louisiana Severe Weather Awareness

Louisiana observes Severe Weather Awareness Week from February 16-22, 2014. This is a great time to Be a Force of Nature and make sure you and your family are prepared for the kinds of severe weather you might experience where you live. Some common Louisiana natural hazards are hurricanes, floods and extreme heat. One of […]

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Georgia Tornado Drill

As part of Georgia’s Severe Weather Awareness Week, February 3-18, 2014, there will be a statewide tornado drill during the morning hours of February 5. This drill will  be conducted by the Georgia Emergency Management Agency and the National Weather Service. The tornado siren will go off around 9 a.m. and you should treat the […]

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving! Whether you’re traveling away from home or hosting the feast at your place, these tips will help you have a happy, healthy and environmentally-friendly holiday gathering. For travelers… AAA estimates that more than 43 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving holiday.  Ninety percent – nearly 39 […]

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Weather & Exploration

November 17-23, 2013 is Geography Awareness Week. This year’s theme is Geography and the New Age of Exploration.  Exploration takes us to places we’ve never been – it can be done on foot, on horseback, in a car, on a ship, in a space shuttle or even underwater in the deepest parts of the ocean. […]

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Turn Around, Don’t Drown

The Centers for Disease Control estimate that more than half of all flood-related drownings occur when a vehicle is driven into flood waters; the next highest percentage of deaths is from walking into or near flood waters.  Many people falsely believe that cars, trucks and SUVs are heavy enough to maintain contact with the road […]

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Smoke Sense

Smoke from nearby wildfires can impact your health. Smoke is a mixture of tiny particles and gases – the fine particles can get into your eyes and lungs, where they can cause burning eyes, runny nose and may aggravate some health conditions like lung disease, bronchitis and asthma. Viewer Tip: Protect yourself and your family […]

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Tropical Storms and Flooding

A major threat tropical storms and hurricanes bring to land is flooding, which results from intense rainfall from the storms. The intensity of rainfall does not directly relate to the wind speed of the storm – some intense flooding events occur during weaker storms that slowly drift or stall over one area. The Centers for […]

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Floods and Insects

Insects can become a major problem after heavy rains or flooding has occurred.  Standing water and debris are perfect breeding grounds for insects, especially mosquitoes and houseflies.  Cleanup should be done immediately after heavy rains or flooding to eliminate possible breeding areas and control insect populations around your home. Viewer Tip: To prevent insects from […]

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Storm Smarts

While only about 10 percent of thunderstorms occurring in the U.S. each year are classified as severe, it is important to be prepared for the heavy rains, high winds and hail that can be associated with severe thunderstorms. Straight-line winds and downbursts that accompany some thunderstorms can result in winds of 100 to 150 miles […]

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Managing Mold

Mold spores are naturally present in the air at harmless concentrations, but with added moisture can grow to levels that spur allergies and asthma in susceptible individuals.  After heavy rains or when leaks or flooding dampen homes, dormant mold spores can grow explosively and release enough new spores to sicken people. Viewer Tip: It is […]

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Nebraska Severe Weather Awareness

Nebraska observes Severe Weather Awareness Week from March 25-29, 2013. This is a great time to make sure you and your family are prepared for the kinds of severe weather you might experience in your area. Some common Nebraska natural hazards are tornadoes, floods and thunderstorms and lightning. One of the worst natural hazards to […]

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Iowa Severe Weather Awareness

Iowa observes Severe Weather Awareness Week from March 25-29, 2013. This is a great time to make sure you and your family are prepared for the kinds of severe weather you might experience in your area. Some common Iowa natural hazards are tornadoes, floods and thunderstorms and lightning. One of the worst natural hazards to […]

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Flood Safety Awareness Week 2013

March 18-22 is the National Weather Service’s Flood Safety Awareness Week. Flooding occurs from coast to coast at all times of the year – and there are many factors that contribute to flooding events. Snowmelt Flooding: When snow begins to melt, flooding can occur if the amount of snowmelt exceeds the capacity for soils and […]

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