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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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  • Purchasing Flood Insurance

    One of the most important things that you can do to protect your home and family before a flood is to purchase a flood insurance policy – even if you don’t live in a flood-prone area. Flood insurance provides year-round financial protection and improves your ability to quickly recover when severe storms strike and cause […]

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  • Farm Animals and Natural Disasters

    Farm animals not only can suffer injuries during a disaster but can also receive fresh injuries after the storm if not handled properly. Here are some of the things that can be done in the immediate aftermath of the storm or flood when animals must be handled, relocated or examined. Take Proper Precautions Ensure your own […]

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  • Returning Home After a Disaster: What Supplies to Bring

    If you are returning home to clean or salvage items, here’s a list of suggested supplies and items to bring with you. WHN Expert TIP – Water Damage Clean-Up Tips: Greg Kistler, a ServPro cleanup and restoration specialist from South Washington County in Minnesota, provides water damage cleanup advice in this podcast. Was the disaster fire-related? Greg also […]

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