Of all nature’s storms, none is more dangerous than a hurricane. These tropical storms strike the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coastal regions each year from June to November.
Civil unrest can flare up as the result of any number of emergency situations: natural disasters, violent demonstrations, political upheaval, war, and the like.
Wildfire! The word conjures up visions of Smokey the Bear, firefighters scrambling around the forest with chainsaws, specialized aircraft, huge plumes of flame, and the charred remains of mighty trees.
A hurricane, also known as a “tropical cyclone” or “typhoon,” is a severe, rotating tropical storm that produces heavy rains and cyclonic winds exceeding 75 miles (119 km) per hour.
An earthquake is a sudden release of energy in the earth's crust or upper mantle, usually caused by movement along a fault plane or by volcanic activity, and resulting in the generation of seismic waves.
Riots can erupt for many reasons: political, economic, social, racial or religious conflicts. While it’s hard to predict when you might find yourself caught in the middle of civil unrest, there are usually indicators and warnings that demonstrations or riots are about to happen.
Across the United States, a fire department is dispatched to a house fire every 60 seconds. Every three hours, a house fire claims a life.
Living near a waterway, as I do, has its advantages: beautiful scenery, ample wildlife, recreational opportunities, transportation routes, and an emergency water supply if needed.
Electricity is a wonderful thing! It can be used to provide light, cook food, heat our homes, power vehicles, pump and purify water, and even entertain us.
There is just something exciting about tooling along an old fire road or driving through the open desert that brings a smile.
In December 2013, a family of six unexpectedly found themselves in a situation that could have turned deadly. They drove their SUV to the snow-covered mountains of Nevada for a day of fun in the snow.
Because disasters can strike anywhere, the workplace is another area to consider for emergency preparedness. On September 11, 2001, thousands of people went to work expecting to have just another day at the office, and ended up facing the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history.