Monthly Archives: May 2006

Brush Fires 101

Whether you’re in California or Florida, Massachusetts or Texas, warm + dry weather = brush fire. Brush fires occur all the way through fall, when winds kick in. Funny how we were talking about raging waters just a while back,… Continue reading

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Giving Wisely

When major disasters happen, we are often moved by images of misery and despair. An account from a parent who has lost her child, or a picture of an old woman scavenging for food amidst rubble is enough to prompt… Continue reading

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It Takes More Than A Village

Last Saturday, May 27, an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.3 struck the island of Java in Indonesia. The city of Yogyakarta was hit the hardest, and the death toll, as of this morning, was at around 5,700 and is… Continue reading

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Why The Chicken DIDN’T Cross the Road

Previously, I had talked about the danger posed by driving through a flood. If the safety guidelines from the National Weather Service’s Don’t Drown Turn Around®  campaign haven’t convinced you of the importance of its message, consider these statistics from… Continue reading

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A Song For You

Which of these two hurricane after-effects causes more deaths, a storm surge  or inland flooding ? If you chose inland floods, you’re right! According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration  (NOAA), while a storm surge is always a potential threat,… Continue reading

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Hunting For Big Game

Ever think of hunting without guns? Yeah, you heard right. Not only that. How about hunting without guns IN THE MILITARY? That’s what members of the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron of the Air Force Reserves, better known as the Hurricane… Continue reading

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Look Into The Eye

Having grown up in typhoon  country, I’ve always wondered what the eye of a hurricane,  looks like. I know I’ve been IN one at some point—you feel some sort of an eerie calm, which makes you heave a brief sigh… Continue reading

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After The Deluge

I came upon this article in the Minneapolis/St, Paul Citypages  while looking for resources on the economic impact of hurricanes. Written by Steve Perry, it compares the tragedy caused by Hurricane Katrina , not to the 1906 earthquake, but to the… Continue reading

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Hurricane Preparedness Week

In case you didn’t know, it’s National Hurricane Preparedness Week. To emphasize the importance of the issue, the National Hurricane Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has launched a hurricane preparedness web site . (Yes, we’re taking a break… Continue reading

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(Un)guided By History

Remember the old adage “Haste makes waste?” Unfortunately, politics has a way of worming its way into any sort of infrastructure construction, and San Francisco was not exempt from this. Here is an excerpt from an article in the Contra… Continue reading

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