It’s National Severe Weather Preparedness Week

Be a Force of Nature Each year, people in this country are killed or seriously injured by all types of extreme weather, despite advance warning. In 2012, there were more than 450 fatalities and nearly 2,600 injuries due to extreme weather, like tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, extreme heat and wildfires. Click here to continue reading…

Georgia prepares for next wave of winter weather

Winter storm part deux: This time, we’re ready, says Georgia Atlanta (CNN) — Fire up the salt trucks. Cancel after-school plans. Position the National Guard. Two weeks after a few inches of snow paralyzed Atlanta and embarrassed the state, Gov. Nathan Deal is tackling the latest round of bad weather with gusto. It could turn…

Could FEMA’s Ready Response toolkit help avoid another Snowpocalypse?

Snowmaggedon. Snowpocalypse. Snow out. Kids spending the night at school, spending the night on school buses, residents spending the night in cars, vehicle accidents numbering in the thousands. This week’s winter weather incident highlighted a multitude of readiness and preparedness issues. There will be plenty of conversations in the media and in professional emergency management…

What other cities can learn from Atlanta’s ice debacle

The finger-pointing began almost immediately — and with good reason. A mere few inches of snow had shut down Atlanta, forcing children to spend the night at schools, stranding drivers on interstates and making the city a laughingstock to the country. Why did this happen? Who’s to blame? And, more importantly, could this happen elsewhere?…