• Hurricane Category Definitions

    Hurricane Preparedness Week starts the first week of May. Here’s information from the National Hurricane Center at the National Weather Service (NWS) and other sources about how hurricane categories are defined and what can of damage they can do. Both hurricanes and typhoons are tropical cyclones—a generic term used by meteorologists to describe a rotating, […]

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    • Storm Chasing 101

      If you’re interested in getting involved in storm chasing, storm-chaser Tony Perkins offers these top tips: Take a Skywarn training class. Most of these are free and offered through government agencies every spring. This will help you identify server weather correctly, report it, and most of all make you aware of your potentially dangerous surroundings. Educate […]

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      • Storm Chasing: A Real-Life Story

        Storm chasing isn’t always as thrilling as in the movies – no houses on their way to the land of Oz, no flying cows – but with patience, you can see some pretty amazing displays of weather wonder. Tony Perkins, a recreational storm chaser from Minnesota, shares his storm chasing experiences. Storm Chasing During the […]

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        • 6 Spring Cleaning Safety Tips

          With warm weather comes time for all those spring-cleaning chores to be completed.  These six tips will help your home recover from any damage and keep it safe and secure for the upcoming season. Inside 1. Change your furnace filter. Chances are, it’s time to check your filter. When a filter is dirty, it won’t purify […]

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          • Spring Floods — 5 Tasks to Do Now Before They Occur

            Spring heralds the arrival of warmer weather but it can also lead to spring floods. Here is what you need to know about spring floods from Ready.gov and National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). While flooding can occur at any time of the year, some areas such can be more at risk at certain times […]

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            • How I Recovered After a Wildfire: Jacqueline Lloyd’s Story

              On October 25, 2003, the Cedar Fire destroyed 2,232 residences and burned more than a quarter of a million acres. Thirteen civilians died, one firefighter died, and one hundred and four firefighters were injured in the containment of that blaze. But some were lucky: Jacqueline Lloyd, the author of The Thief of Sacred, lost many […]

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              • How I Survived a Wildfire: Jacqueline Lloyd’s Story

                On October 25, 2003, the Cedar Fire destroyed 2,232 residences and burned more than a quarter of a million acres. Thirteen civilians died, one firefighter died, and one hundred and four firefighters were injured in the containment of that blaze. But some were lucky: Jacqueline Lloyd, the author of The Thief of Sacred, lost many possessions […]

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                • Water Damage in Your Home? Here’s What to Do!

                  Homeowners are 26 times more likely to experience a flood than a fire, according to the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America. So, if your home experiences water damage (and given those odds, it looks likely….), here are some water damage and mold clean-up tips from Greg Kistler, a ServPro cleanup and restoration specialist […]

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                  • Bob Worsley’s Wildfire Story

                    On June 22nd, 2002, the Rodeo-Chediski fire (considered the largest fire in the history of the Southwest) ravaged Arizona, consuming 150,000 acres of land and spreading over 26 miles in a single day. Four hundred and fifty homes were destroyed in the fire, but some survived: Bob Worsley, founder of SkyMall and current CEO of […]

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                    • Mudslides: Preparation and Survival

                      After a heavy rain or rapid snowmelt, mudslides can occur. Also known as debris flows, they are a common type of fast-moving landslide that tends to flow in channels. According to the CDC, mudslides are more likely in the following areas: Where wildfires or human modification of the land have destroyed vegetation; Where landslides have occurred before; Steep […]

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