Natural Disasters

    Tornados to hurricanes, floods to fires — natural disasters can occur anywhere, anytime and to any degree.

    Learn what to do in case you experience one and what you can do to minimize your risks.

    WHN TIP – Be safe, be smart and be prepared!

  • Mudslides: Preparation And Survival

    After a heavy rain or rapid snowmelt, mudslides can occur. Also known as debris flows, they are a common type of fast-moving landslide that tends to flow in channels. According to the CDC, mudslides are more likely in the following areas: Where wildfires or human modification of the land have destroyed vegetation; Where landslides have occurred before; Steep […]

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  • Blizzard Resources

    Looking for information and resources related to winter weather? Need help dealing with Ol’ Man Winter? The following links can provide you with tips and assistance if the weather is too much for you to handle! Ready.Gov Launched in February 2003, Ready is a National public service campaign designed to educate and empower the American […]

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  • What is a tornado?

    Twisters, cyclones, waterspouts, whatever you might know them as – tornadoes are the Earth’s most violent storms. Here is a definition of tornadoes plus links to Web sites to learn more. What is a tornado? A tornado is a violent windstorm characterized by a twisting, funnel-shaped cloud. It is spawned by a thunderstorm (or sometimes […]

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  • When A Severe Storm Watch Or Warning Is Issued

    At Home Be safe, be smart. Stay alert. Monitor your local radio or TV stations for the latest updates, news or evacuation information. Online, visit the National Weather Service’s homepage for current watches, warnings, statements and advisories. WHN TIP – Tornadoes: Tornadoes may develop from severe thunderstorms along and ahead of cold fronts, according to NOAA. If your area […]

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  • Partner and State Links

    Health / Life Be there for a friend or loved one in need – learn great tips at What Friends Do. Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) has resources you can use, from food safety to field safety, from physical to psychological, and from government to community development. Here’s a general link to help you find a Better […]

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  • 5 Tips for Dealing with Mosquitoes

    Large amounts of pooled water after a flood or other natural disaster could lead to an increase in mosquito populations. The majority of these mosquitoes will be pests and will not carry communicable diseases. Here are some mosquito facts and prevention tips: Mosquitoes are most active at sunrise and sunset Local, state, and federal health […]

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  • Pets and Disaster Preparedness

    Because they are a part of the family, too. Below are tips on how to prepare your pets for a disaster and what to do should a pet go missing. Disaster Preparedness Vaccinate your pet. If you haven’t already done so, get those shots now. Infectious diseases can become a big threat after a disaster. […]

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  • When A Flood Watch Or Warning Is Issued

    Be safe, be smart. Stay alert. Monitor your National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather radio or local radio or TV stations for the latest news or evacuation information, and the status of flood watches and warnings. Online, visit the National Weather Service’s homepage for current watches, warnings, statements and advisories. Gather everyone in the house and […]

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  • Flood Watches And Warnings

    FLOOD WATCH is issued for situations related to widespread general flooding. FLOOD WARNING is issued when flooding of a normally dry area near a stream or other water source is expected RIVER FLOOD WARNING is issued when a river at a gauge site is expected to, or has, exceeded flood stage. FLASH FLOOD WATCH is […]

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  • Hurricane Watches And Warnings

    TROPICAL STORM WATCH is an announcement that a tropical storm — including sustained winds within the range of 39 to 73 mph — or tropical storm conditions pose a threat to coastal areas generally within 36 hours. TROPICAL STORM WARNING means that tropical storm conditions are expected in a specified coastal area within 24 hours […]

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