NOAA GOES Super Rapid Scan Imagery of Isaac at Landfall – August 29, 2012

    Hurricane Isaac made landfall in Louisiana in the evening of August 28, 2012. During the day, NOAA's GOES-14 satellite took images of the storm at 1 minute intervals, showing the development of Isaac from a tropical storm to a hurricane in great temporal detail. The imagery is from the visible channel and runs … Continue reading NOAA GOES Super Rapid Scan Imagery of Isaac at Landfall – August 29, 2012

Even in the Loss Prevention Field, Safety IS a Must! – “Retro Surveillance at the Purple Cow”

Back in the early 80’s I worked for a large retailer with limited video surveillance technology from the 70’s. I’m talking cameras with vacuum tubes in them. Box cameras that really were the size of shoebox. Invariably, they never worked. Between age, little to no maintenance, and multiple points of failure—these cameras were practically useless … Continue reading Even in the Loss Prevention Field, Safety IS a Must! – “Retro Surveillance at the Purple Cow”

Tornado Preparedness – Forecasters Unsure What to Expect This Tornado Season

Download a copy of the Red Cross Tornado Safety Guide Here: Tornado Safety - Red Cross Tornado season is starting, but don’t ask meteorologists how bad it will be this spring and summer. They don’t know. They’re having a hard enough time getting a fix on the likely path of storms expected in the next … Continue reading Tornado Preparedness – Forecasters Unsure What to Expect This Tornado Season

Insurers Worry 2012 Will Top 2011 for Record Weather Disasters

From floods that crippled countries, to mega cyclones, huge blizzards, killer tornadoes to famine-inducing droughts, 2011 has been another record-breaker for bad weather. While it is too early to predict what 2012 will be like, insurers and weather prediction agencies point to a clear trend: the world’s weather is becoming more extreme and more costly. … Continue reading Insurers Worry 2012 Will Top 2011 for Record Weather Disasters

Update: Indiana State Fair Tragedy – Inspections Are Not Required For Outdoor Stages In Indiana

No Indiana agency appears to be responsible for regulation of massive rigging. Written by John Russell, Tim Evans and Heather Gillers Zoom The rigging for the Indiana State Fair Grandstand stage lay crumpled Monday. / Danese Kenon / The Star If you're wondering which Indiana agency regulates the massive stage rigging at the State Fairgrounds, … Continue reading Update: Indiana State Fair Tragedy – Inspections Are Not Required For Outdoor Stages In Indiana

NIOSH Creates Web Page for Tornado Response Safety

Recommendations and resources are available for state and local response personnel, health care workers, shelter workers and other responders from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) on a new web page. Information can be found on the page to help them stay safe during tornado response and cleanup. The new resource is … Continue reading NIOSH Creates Web Page for Tornado Response Safety

Wiped off the map: Shocking Before and After Images Reveal How Giant Tornado Ripped Apart Joplin’s City Landmarks

By John Stevens Last updated at 4:07 PM on 28th May 2011 Devastating 198mph tornado tore a path a mile wide and six miles long straight through Joplin, Missouri Deadliest single tornado in more than 60 years with at least 125 people killed 1,500 people still remain unaccounted for, according to fire officials 'This is … Continue reading Wiped off the map: Shocking Before and After Images Reveal How Giant Tornado Ripped Apart Joplin’s City Landmarks

Joplin, Missouri Tornado: Horrifying Audio & Video From Inside The Twister

Not many can say they've lived through a deadly tornado like the one that struck Joplin, Missouri on Sunday. Even fewer can come back from the heart of the storm with footage documenting the terror from within. Words can't describe the frightening experience this video captures, made all the more horrifying by a lack of … Continue reading Joplin, Missouri Tornado: Horrifying Audio & Video From Inside The Twister

State Responding to Severe Storms and Tornado That Struck Southwest Missouri – 116 Souls Lost in Joplin

Shelter established in Joplin; Resources are available to check on friends and loved ones JEFFERSON CITY – The State Emergency Management Agency continues to work with Missouri state and local agencies to deploy all available response resources to Joplin following the deadly tornado that ripped through the city Sunday evening, May 22. Search and rescue … Continue reading State Responding to Severe Storms and Tornado That Struck Southwest Missouri – 116 Souls Lost in Joplin

Updated: Death Toll Up To 343 from Extreme Weather in Alabama the South as Storms, Tornadoes Ravage Area

Tornado in Tuscaloosa, Alabama on April 27, 2011 Tornado Outbreak Death Toll Hits 343, Second-Deadliest Day From Twister In U.S. History Update: The death toll from severe storms that roared across the South has now risen to 337 across five states with Alabama and Mississippi each reporting increases in the number of deaths in their … Continue reading Updated: Death Toll Up To 343 from Extreme Weather in Alabama the South as Storms, Tornadoes Ravage Area

Tornado Season 2011 Is Upon Us – Are You Ready??

As evidenced by the multiple tornadoes that struck the St. Louis area this past weekend, the 2011 tornado season is upon us! Rapidly moving violent storms can cause tornadoes with little, if any, warning. It is very important to always maintain a level of situational awareness when at home, work and on travel. Extreme weather … Continue reading Tornado Season 2011 Is Upon Us – Are You Ready??

Tsunami Warnings Now Faster, More Accurate Deep Sea Sensors, Sophisticated Modeling Software Enhance Prediction Efforts

As the deadly tsunami generated by Friday's massive earthquake off the coast of Japan headed toward the United States, scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Center for Tsunami Research tracked its progress in real-time. Dozens of deep-ocean tsunami-monitoring sensors more than three miles beneath the surface of the Pacific Ocean picked up … Continue reading Tsunami Warnings Now Faster, More Accurate Deep Sea Sensors, Sophisticated Modeling Software Enhance Prediction Efforts