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Preparing For Disaster During Covid-19

Preparing For Disaster During Covid-19 We are going through a challenging time as we navigate the impacts of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. COVID-19 is likely to be with us for a long time, and that is why we must prepare a little differently for other disasters that may affect our communities. It is difficult to think about, but other disasters, like hurricanes and wildfires, can still strike. Knowing what hazards can affect your community and learning what to do before, during, and after each one...

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Coronavirus Peparation

Coronavirus Peparation The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is telling Americans that they should be prepared for the possibility of a COVID-19 outbreak in their community. But what does preparedness look like in practice? The short answer: Don’t panic — but do prepare. That “means not only contingency planning but also good old-fashioned preparedness planning for your family,” says Rebecca Katz, director of the Center for Global Health Science and Security at Georgetown University. In...

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California Wildfires – Example of Unpreparedness

California Wildfires – Example of Unpreparedness For days now, a cloud of acrid smoke has settled over the Bay Area, blown down from the Kincade Fire in the north. More than 200,000 people have been evacuated from that fire alone, while the lingering effects of a long drought and high winds have turned the region into a tinderbox. On Sunday, a sudden fire in Vallejo stopped traffic on a bridge across the northeast side of the bay, forcing workers to abandon toll booths as the bridge was swallowed with smoke. It’s a scary moment, made...

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Last-ditch Ways To Survive Climate Change

Last-ditch Ways To Survive Climate Change Here are some strategies researchers have put forth to hack the planet and combat climate change. Geoengineering is a term that refers to technology that can alter Earth’s natural cycles to cool down the planet. It’s being increasingly discussed as a potential way to address climate change. Putting mirrors in space, capturing carbon dioxide, and seeding clouds with particles are all ways of manipulating weather or the atmosphere. But some scientists and politicians think...

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Global Warming is like a Terror Movie

Global Warming is like a Terror Movie Global warming is posing such wide-ranging risks to humanity, involving so many types of phenomena, that by the end of this century some parts of the world could face as many as six climate-related crises at the same time, researchers say. This chilling prospect is described in a paper published Monday in Nature Climate Change, a respected academic journal, that shows the effects of climate change across a broad spectrum of problems, including heat waves, wildfires, sea level rise,...

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Runaway Global Warming

Runaway Global Warming A new study out Monday warns of the possibility of out-of-control global warming if humans fail to band together to fight the worst effects of climate change. The analysis, conducted by researchers at the Australian National University and the Stockholm Resilience Center, among other institutions, outlines the potential for a “threshold” that, if crossed, would lead to runaway warming patterns and the advent of a “Hothouse Earth.” If such a threshold is crossed, the...

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Floods – Disaster Prepardness

Floods – Disaster Prepardness Floods – Failing to evacuate flooded areas, entering flood waters, or remaining after a flood has passed can result in injury or death. Flooding is a temporary overflow of water onto land that is normally dry. Floods are the most common natural disaster in the United States. Floods may: Result from rain, snow, coastal storms, storm surges, and overflows of dams and other water systems. Develop slowly or quickly – Flash floods can come with no warning. Cause outages, disrupt...

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Collapse of Civilization is Near

Collapse of Civilization is Near A shattering collapse of civilization is a “near certainty” in the next few decades due to humanity’s continuing destruction of the natural world that sustains all life on Earth, according to biologist Prof Paul Ehrlich. In May, it will be 50 years since the eminent biologist published his most famous and controversial book, The Population Bomb. But Ehrlich remains as outspoken as ever. The world’s optimum population is less than two billion people – 5.6 billion fewer than on the...

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Build a Kit

Build a Kit Build A Kit Make sure your emergency kit is stocked with the items on the checklist below. Most of the items are inexpensive and easy to find, and any one of them could save your life. Headed to the store? Download a printable version to take with you. Once you take a look at the basic items, consider what unique needs your family might have, such as supplies for pets, or seniors. After an emergency, you may need to survive on your own for several days. Being prepared means having...

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Flu Pandemic Preparation

Flu Pandemic Preparation Planning ahead and stopping the spread of germs can help keep you and your family safe if there’s a flu pandemic. A flu pandemic is caused by a new flu virus that spreads easily and makes many people sick around the world. For example, the H1N1 virus caused a flu pandemic in 2009. Similar to seasonal (regular) flu, a flu pandemic is caused by a virus that infects the nose, throat, and lungs. How is a flu pandemic different from seasonal flu? Flu pandemics and seasonal flu are caused by...

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