disaster preparedness

debris covers parts of a highway as hurricane irma lands in delray beach, florida

Are hurricanes getting stronger – and is the climate crisis to blame

Once a storm gets to category three it is classed as a major hurricane, with winds of at least 111mph and enough force to damage homes and snap trees. Category five storms, of at least 157mph, can raze dwellings, cause widespread power outages and result in scores of deaths.

a tornado in berrien county, ga., damaged this mobile home on 22 january 2017

Tornado Warnings Don’t Adequately Prepare Mobile Home Residents

A survey of the southeastern United States shows that nearly half of mobile home residents don’t know where to shelter during a tornado, and many aren’t getting the resources they need to survive one — Mobile homes are death traps in a tornado. And yet new research shows that residents across the southeastern United States, …

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a volunteer helps clean a flood-damaged house in pacific junction, iowa

‘It has to be dealt with’: what’s the future for midwest towns affected by climate change

Pacific Junction’s 470 residents were forced to flee in mid-March after a surge of water hit the Missouri river and busted through levees the length of Iowa to create the region’s biggest floods in living memory. The breach that wrecked the town occurred a few miles to the north. Within hours, surrounding farmland disappeared under an inland sea and Pacific Junction was drowned by 15 feet of water.

canadian police in a flooded street in sainte-marthe-sur-le-lac in the suburbs of montreal

Canada: extreme floods show climate threat as experts warn of further tumult

News footage showed people boating where they once walked, homes and cars filled with muddy water, volunteers searching for lost pets. Thousands of people in eastern Canada have been forced from their homes as heavy rains and meltwater cause unprecedented flood evacuations.

villagers survey the damage from mudslides, which were triggered by a heavy downpour in october 2018

Climate finance misses its mark in Ugandan landslide zones

On the slopes of Mount Elgon, residents live in fear of the next deadly landslide, as tree-planting solutions fail to take root. The slopes of Mount Elgon saw one of Uganda’s deadliest natural disasters in 2010, when 365 people died in landslides triggered by torrential rain.

satellite image of the low pressure area which used to be tropical depression chedeng

Chedeng makes landfall in Davao Occidental, becomes LPA

PAGASA warned that even if there are no more areas under Signal No. 1, the LPA will still trigger moderate to heavy rain in Surigao del Sur, Agusan del Sur, the Davao Region, and Soccsksargen, as well as portions of Northern Mindanao, the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, and the Zamboanga Peninsula.

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