Wherever people may be, whether at home, work or out and about, safety is a concern. This means that being prepared for dangerous situations is essential, especially for emergency response personnel. To make sure responders are ready to handle crisis scenarios, training programs are being implemented both domestically and abroad.
The forces of nature can be quite powerful, especially when they take on the form of massive storms. Parts of Alaska and Oregon have recently been hit by weather of destructive proportions, leaving thousands of people affected. Storms capable of impacting so many people give cause for considering our preparedness for nature's disruptive surprises.
Cooperation is essential when disaster strikes a community. Without the ability to work together and effectively communicate, the consequences of catastrophes can be exacerbated. Two communities have recently made efforts to strengthen disaster preparedness through local programs. By cooperating with each other, members will be able to minimize the negative outcomes of potentially destructive crises.
Many states are increasing their emergency preparedness efforts to help minimize risks. By implementing new resources, local governments hope to ensure the safety of citizens throughout their regions. Some states have gone so far as to build disaster centers so that agencies will understand what needs to be done to aid in recovery efforts. The following is a look at some of the new disaster hubs built around the United States.
A new report shows that climate change may result inenhanced tornado generation. According to a study published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, "elevated greenhouse forcing" will lead to "increases in the occurrence of severe thunderstorm environments over the eastern United States," which can create optimal conditions for tornadoes.
In some cases, situations align and result in major catastrophes. This was the case in Colorado as a number of events led to massive flooding that devastated a significant portion of the state, displacing countless people and causing massive damage.