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  • Keep Your Focus on Safety This Summer

    June is National Safety Month. With that in mind, here are three areas where you can up your safety quotient. (Visit the NSC website for more information and downloadable resources.) Emergency Preparedness Whether caused by a natural disaster, health issue or an accident, emergencies can happen at any time. And even with 9-1-1, there’s still […]

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  • Hurricanes: Lessons from Katrina

    By Tom D’Antoni, guest columnist We know by now that the Katrina disaster was storm-driven, but the flood was caused by faulty levees. Since the water left town, the people in New Orleans have learned more than they wanted to know about dealing with insurance companies. Here are their stories. Choose the Right Insurance Jazz […]

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  • When a Hurricane Watch or Warning Is Issued

    Hurricane season officially starts June 1. Here’s what to know and do when a hurricane watch or warning is issued. WHN TIP – Get the FEMA App: Download the free FEMA Alert App to get severe weather alerts, maps of disaster resources and other helpful information in case of natural disasters. Information is in English […]

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  • 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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  • 5 Tips for Dealing With Mosquitoes

    Large amounts of pooled water after a flood or other natural disaster could lead to an increase in mosquito populations. The majority of these mosquitoes will be pests and will not carry communicable diseases. Here are some mosquito facts and prevention tips: Mosquitoes are most active at sunrise and sunset Local, state, and federal health […]

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  • When a Flood Watch or Warning Is Issued

    WHN TIP – Get the FEMA App: Download the free FEMA Alert App to get severe weather alerts, maps of disaster resources and other helpful information in case of natural disasters. Information is in English and Spanish and available for Apple, Android, and Blackberry mobile devices. Be safe, be smart. Stay alert. Monitor your National […]

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  • Flood Watches and Warnings

    FLOOD WATCH is issued for situations related to widespread general flooding. FLOOD WARNING is issued when flooding of a normally dry area near a stream or other water source is expected RIVER FLOOD WARNING is issued when a river at a gauge site is expected to, or has, exceeded flood stage. FLASH FLOOD WATCH is […]

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  • Hurricane Watches and Warnings

    What’s the difference between a watch or warning, a tropical storm or hurricane? Here’s what you need to know. TROPICAL STORM WATCH is an announcement that a tropical storm — including sustained winds within the range of 39 to 73 mph — or tropical storm conditions pose a threat to coastal areas generally within 36 […]

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