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Could you survive an extreme weather disaster?

This is CNN telling us to prep for disasters….featured story on the front page right now.  heh heh 

Atlanta (CNN)Ranee Roberts feels lucky to have survived the impact of a tornado that hit her Alabama convenience store in April. “Before the twister hit, I sent a last text to say ‘I love you’ to my best friend, and then the building began to come apart around me,” said the 34-year-old from Henagar.

Roberts said she knew only about two minutes before impact that the twister was heading toward her store. The tornado was rated an EF-4, with estimated winds peaking at 175 mph. “There was no time for preparations, only prayer,” she said. “I felt utterly hopeless thinking I might be spending my last moments on Earth curled up on the stockroom floor.”

Looking back, she was ill-prepared for the storm and its aftermath. She felt that she got off extremely lucky walking away with “just a few scratches” to her body.

She learned from her harrowing experience to keep a first-aid kit, flashlight, bicycle helmet, battery-powered radio, power generator and Meals Ready to Eat in her storm closet.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, a record 14 weather and climate disasters in 2011 caused $1 billion or more in damage, including the Alabama tornado that Roberts survived. At least 669 people died in these storms and thousands were injured.

"In my four decades of tracking weather, I have never seen extreme weather like we had in 2011," said Jack Hayes, NOAA’s assistant administrator for weather services and the National Weather Service director.

Although no two years are alike, Hayes said, it’s important for Americans to be prepared for the worst. “The U.S. population has almost doubled since 1954, and trends such as urban sprawl and conversion of rural land to suburban landscapes increase the likelihood a tornado will impact densely populated areas,” he said.

"We have also become more vulnerable to coastal storms and hurricanes as more people are living in coastal areas." Hayes said the 2011 Southern drought and floods across the northern U.S. represent the extreme temperature and precipitation swings that climate scientists project will become more common amid a warming climate.

"You’ve got to be proactive in preparing for extreme weather," she said. "An extreme weather condition, like the tornado I experienced, doesn’t care if you are rich, poor, young or old," said Roberts. "What does matter is how prepared you are and how quickly you react when time is of the essence."

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Four waterspout tornados this week

One in Springfield, Massachusetts


Three in Australia - central coast

More Tornadoes from this week


2011 on track to be the deadliest year on record for tornadoes in the US

It has been a historic tornado season in the United States. More than 500 people have been killed, according to figures from the National Weather Service and local authorities. That makes 2011 the deadliest season since 1953, when 519 people were killed in twisters.  Source

The Joplin Missouri tornado was the deadliest on record

At least 126 people in Joplin had died due to the storm as of Thursday night, said Newton County Coroner Mark Bridges. That makes the tornado the single deadliest to touch down in any U.S. community since modern record-keeping began in 1950. Source

The deadliest tornado year on record is 1925, which had 794 deaths, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The number of fatalities so far this year is more than 8 1/2 times the average number for an entire year — 56, according to CNN meteorologist Chad Myers.  Source


The faces of natural disaster and stories of survival - Alabama tornado victims

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Absolutely unreal footage shot on the University of Alabama campus of a mile-wide tornado inching toward downtown Tuscaloosa.

Tornadic supercell thunderstorms stretching from Texas to Tennessee have left widespread destruction and numerous casualties in their wake. Alabama has been hit the hardest, with at least 25 fatalities across the state, and an entire city in ruins.

The record-breaking storms are expected to move out of the area by midnight. Watch live reports on ABC 33/40 via Ustream.

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Record numbers of tornadoes and epic wildfires: Disaster CAN strike near you. Be prepared…

I took the family on vacation this last weekend to a well known beach vacation spot a few hours from our home. The first evening there I kept getting texts asking if we were ok. Was kind of odd. The next morning I saw stories on CNN showing that the largest number of tornadoes in our region in 25 years had gone within 20 miles of me in several directions.  

On April 16th North Carolina had the most active system of tornadoes on record in the state’s history, leading to 23 deaths.  In fact, over 240 tornadoes ripped through a large portion of the country on Saturday. 

The storms that chugged across the South last week killed at least 46 people in six states. According to Reuters, Tornado season typically runs from March to early July in the United States, moving from south to north as the year progresses. The storms kill an average of 70 people a year.

"There has not been a tornado outbreak in history over three days with this many tornadoes spawned by a single storm system."  Source

The numbers of tornadoes continue to rise and we have already had over half of the average annual fatalities by mid-April. The freaky weather continues. 

On April 19th & 20th 33 tornado sightings were unofficially reported from Oklahoma to Ohio from Tuesday night through Wednesday morning.

On the way home on the 19th I saw a pool business my wife and I had discussed three days earlier, looking sad with an aging product line in a bad recession.  Now it was decimated - its products marking the path of a twister, strewn in pieces as far as the eye could see.

Hundreds of thousands across many states without electricity for days. People I work with said their cell phones couldn’t connect because the circuits were bogged down with emergency calls.  Of the dead, many were children.

We were lucky. One of my staff had family who lost everything. My house was unscathed. 

In Texas the state is burning from “border to border”. This happens as the state suffers from a drought of a severity not seen since the 1930’s.

Officials at the National Weather Service in Midland, Texas, say their weather data shows the drought in Eddy County and the surrounding region is on par with the Dust Bowl of the 1930s.

Eddy County has not had any measurable rain since Sept. 25, and according to David Henning, National Weather Service meteorologist, there is no rain in sight for southeastern New Mexico and the neighboring Texas communities.  Source

Since January 1, the Texas Forest Service said, it has responded to more than 800 fires that have damaged some 5,000 structures across 1.4 million acres.

"We’re actually seeing Texas burn from border to border. We’ve got it in west Texas, in east Texas, in north Texas, in south Texas — it’s all over the state," Forest Service spokeswoman April Saginor told CNN Radio. "We’ve got one in the Dallas area that’s four fires that have actually merged together."

West Texas averages nearly 15 inches of rain a year, according to Hennig. In the past six months, only 13-hundredths of an inch of rain have been recorded in that part of the state. While October through March is typically the dry season, that amount of rainfall is far below what it should be, Hennig said.     Source

None of the folks that these disasters affected knew that this would happen. I did not expect that as I drove away on vacation that my home might not be there when I returned.  We can never know when disaster could strike or what form it might take. 

This does not mean that we must live in fear of what could happen, but that we should be prepared so that if we are faced with a Dramatic Change Event we can act and not react.

There are some disasters that we just can’t beat. A tsunami, massive earthquake, tornado, or out of control wildfire are not to be stopped or prevented. However, having an emergency plan in place in the case of disaster may make the difference in living and dying. It’s not about being paranoid or living in fear, it’s about being pragmatic and realistic.

Survival may very well entail running for your life, or “bugging out” in the vernacular.  Everything you own may be gone, but if you survive and protect those you love, you win.

Call me crazy, but I took my 72 hour bag with me on vacation.