Anytime a winter storm is expected to hit, it is important to realize that it can (and most likely will) affect your business in many different ways. When you know how to not only prepare for a winter storm, but how to take action during a storm, then you will be able to prevent unnecessary […]
After 5 years of a major drought, Northern Californians are now facing a much different issue: too much water. The Oroville Dam has a broken spillway which has resulted in almost 200,000 people being asked to evacuate the area due to extreme flooding. In addition, there has been an excessive amount of rain all over […]
A 5.0 magnitude earthquake centered near one of the world’s key oil hubs in Oklahoma occurred November 6 at 7:44 p.m. local time. Cushing, Oklahoma reports that this was the second largest in a string of 19 quakes recorded since October. Few minor injuries have been reported, along with dozens of buildings damaged from the […]
Floods are the number one source for weather-related deaths in the United States, and are the most common, frequent and costly natural disaster. The recent flooding in Louisiana is a reminder of how important it is for organizations to have an actionable emergency preparedness program in place. Some areas have a higher risk than others […]
Tropical Storm Colin made landfall on Monday, causing heavy rainfall and damage from Florida to North Carolina. This is the earliest that the third named storm of the year has ever formed, which may or may not mean something for this year’s hurricane season. Although the damage caused by this storm was minimal, it is […]
The Northern Plains and parts of the Upper Midwest endured a pounding from Winter Storm Delphi as some locations received over 9 inches of snow accumulation in a 24 hour period. In an area of the US already weakened by extreme winter weather, the arrival of Delphi has further strained resources and prompted hundreds of delays, closures, and accidents. In fact, reports from Minnesota alone indicate nearly 400 traffic accidents occurred across the state during that time.
Weather is a powerful force that can greatly improve business or destroy it. Often, weather is predictable in a way that allows us to work around its intricacies so that we can counteract its force and maintain normal operations. Every two to seven years, however, a phenomenon known as El Niño occurs that presents weather variances which flip ordinary weather patterns to unseasonable extremes.
The largest typhoon of 2015 is en route to eastern China, stopping by Japan’s Ryukyu Islands and Taiwan along the way. On Monday, it reached super typhoon status, meaning it had sustained wind speeds of at least 150 mph. Although now downgraded from its super typhoon status, Typhoon Soudelor is still considered a Category 3 hurricane with sustained wind speeds of up to 120 mph. To put that into perspective, Hurricane Katrina, which caused an estimated $45 billion in insured losses, was a Category 3 hurricane when it made landfall.
Extreme thunderstorms have bombarded much of the Midwest and Northeast this week, carrying with them devastating winds, rainfall, hail, and tornadoes. While evidence of the current hurricane season continues to produce damaging weather, it is important that everyone takes the appropriate steps to protect lives and property. Not only should this preparation include ways to combat severe storms; it should also include measures to prepare for, respond to, and overcome secondary weather-related threats.
A recent gas explosion in New York City’s East Village neighborhood caused three apartment buildings to collapse and burst into flames and one other to catch fire. The traumatic event killed two people and left many others with severe injuries.