Posts Tagged ‘disaster’

Most Powerful Climate Video This Week

June 12, 2011

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YouTube – A link between climate change and Joplin tornadoes? Never. http://bit.ly/kTiHrk

 

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The Next Peak Cycle of Sunspot Activity is Predicted for 2012-2014

June 12, 2011

SDO image of coronal mass ejection on 06.07.2011.

The next peak cycle of sunspot activity is predicted for 2012-2014, bringing with it a greater risk of large geomagnetic storms that can generate powerful rogue currents in transmission lines, potentially damaging or destroying the large transformers that manage power flow over high-voltage networks.

“Geomagnetically-induced currents on system infrastructure have the potential to result in widespread tripping of key transmission lines and irreversible physical damage to large transformers,” a 2009 report (pdf) by the North American Electric Reliability Corp. (NERC) and the Energy Department says.

Agreement on the seriousness of the threat, but not the solution

In the worst-case scenario, the stockpile of spare transformers would fall far short of replacement needs. Urban centers across the continent would be without power for many months or even years, until new transformers could be manufactured and delivered from Asia. The transformers are not made in the United States.

 

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BP Live underwater feeds from remotely operated vehicles Deepwater Horizon

July 9, 2010

Live feeds from Ocean Intervention III

Live feeds from Viking Poseidon

Live feeds from Boa Deep C

Live feeds from Skandi

Live feeds from Enterprise

Live feeds from Q4000

via bp.com

NASA May 22, 2010 gulf oil spill Terra satellite image

May 22, 2010

NASA image gulf oil spill

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NASA photo gulf oil spill

Disaster Supply Kit

July 30, 2009

In case you are advised to seek a storm shelter keep this list and pack these essentials.

DISASTER SUPPLY KIT
Everyone in the state is advised to bring a disaster supply kit that includes 5 to 7 days worth of supplies. The Hurricane Evacuation Shelters are only intended to be a safe place to stay and will not have food or personal items on hand for volunteers or residents.

PERSONAL ITEMS
Driver’s License
Keep in a Waterproof Bag
Cash (ATMs may not work after the storm)

Checkbook

Credit Card

Copies of important documents
Social Security Card
Passport
Proof of Residence (deed or lease)
Insurance Information (Medical, Auto, Home, Life)
Birth Certificate
Marriage Certificate
Bank Account Numbers
Pin Numbers/Computer Passwords
Military Discharge Papers

Written List of Important Phone Numbers
Family Members
Friends
Doctors (including dentist and eye doctor)
Pharmacy
Insurance Companies and Policy Numbers
Remember, numbers stored in cell phones won’t be accessible when the power goes out and cell phones can’t be charged.
Extra set of house and car keys

COMFORT ITEMS

Sleeping Bag or Blanket
There will be no cots in the shelter
Pillow

HYGIENE ITEMS
Towel and Washcloth

Toothbrush

Toothpaste
Trail/hotel sizes that can be used and discarded are recommended. Please note, it is likely you will go several days without a shower in the Hurricane Evacuation Shelter, but these will be needed if you are unable to get back home after the storm passes.
Shampoo and Conditioner

Liquid Soap/Bath Gel

Deodorant

Razor and Shave Gel

Toilet Paper

Feminine Hygiene Products (tampons or pads)

Hand Sanitizer/Wet Wipes

FOOD AND FEEDING SUPPLIES – Remember: pack a 5 to 7 day supply that does not require refrigeration or cooking
Manual can and bottle opener

Plastic Utensils or Chopsticks

Cups

Plates

Paper Towels

Liquid Dish Soap

Zip Lock Bags

Aluminum foil or plastic wrap

Plastic containers with lids

Water
1 gallon per person per day for 5 to 7 days
Water Bottle with Belt Clip

Pack of spices, salt and pepper

Canned and Ready-To-Eat Non-Perishable Foods
Suggestions:
• Canned Foods:
 Tuna
 Canned Fruit or Veggies
 Beans
 Meat
• Dry Cereal
• Nuts and Dried Fruit
• Peanut Butter
• High-energy protein bars or snacks
• Beef Jerkey or similar protein item
• Tea or Instant Coffee
• Bottled or Canned Juice
• Comfort Foods:
 Cookies
 Hard Candy
 Sweetened Cereals
CLOTHING
Protective Clothing

Rain Poncho

Study Shoes (closed toe)

Hat

OTHER EQUIPMENT
Flashlight

Battery Operated Weather Radio

Extra Batteries

Multi-Purpose Tool

Cell Phone

Cell Phone Charger

Rescue Whistle

Duct Tape

Camera

FIRST AID SUPPLIES/MEDICAL EQUIPMENT
Prescription Medication and Instructions for Use

Non-Prescription Medication
Pain and Fever Relievers
Allergy Medication
Eye Drops
Anti-Diarrhea Medication
Laxatives
Antibiotic Ointment

First Aid Kit and reference guide

Eye Glasses

Contact Lenses, Solution and Carrying Case

Sunscreen

Bug Repellent

IF YOU HAVE CHILDREN
Diapers and Baby Wipes

Infant Formula

Toys or Activities to Keep Children Entertained in the Shelter
Pack items that will not require batteries or electricity

IF YOU HAVE PETS
Pet Food

Water

Portable Water and Food Bowl
We do not have vests to issue to all volunteers. Bring one if you have it. If you do not have a vest, try to wear a Red Cross and there may be a vest available at your shelter.
Pet Crate
One per pet
Towels

Blanket
For scooping up a fearful pet
Harness

Collar and ID Tags

Pet Medications and Instructions for Use

Recent photos of your pets
In case you need to make a “Lost Pet” poster
Photocopies of Pet Medical Records in a Waterproof Bag

For Dogs:
Long Leash
Yard Stake
Chew Toys and Toys
Cage Liner (2 weeks worth)

For Cats:
Disposable Litter Trays (e.g. aluminum roasting pans)
Cat Litter