Category Archives: Disaster Preparedness

A Busy Month of Activities as ImpactWeather Observes National Preparedness Month

The month of September is known as National Preparedness Month. ImpactReady, ImpactWeather’s business continuity department, has worked hard to encourage employee participation to strengthen our state of disaster preparedness and readiness. Of course, September is typically the peak of hurricane season but also signals the changing of the seasons from summer to fall, which can […]

Best Practices and Specific Needs: Items and Strategies You May Have Overlooked

This is the second posting from the ImpactReady team at ImpactWeather. Our goal is to spread awareness about National Preparedness Month and share information about how you and your family can be prepared for major disasters. Following along the National Preparedness Month guidelines for weeks two and three, the focus of this post will be […]

National Preparedness Month and a Time Without Twitter

Today it’s hard to imagine a time when the term “emergency communications” had yet to be coined, but in 1900 telephones and even electricity, were not common conveniences. At the turn of the last century, the telegraph, rider on horseback and word of mouth were the only communication options.

Brad Pitt May Save Your Life: Making a Case for Twitter

There’s another app you should have on your phone. The app you need, the app that may save your life, and the app that is on every phone of every celebrity, is Twitter. Yes, Twitter. If you’re over 45 or 50, I’ll wait until you can say Twitter without chuckling.

Facts Are Meaningless, Hurricanes Are Not

What about your favorite meteorologist? If the forecast calls for thunderstorms on Saturday, do you assume a twist or a spin or a misdirection of the facts? Is it hype to lure you to tune in again?

Cool Water is to Hurricanes Like An Omega is to Arctic Outbreaks

Studies have shown that businesses who take preparedness seriously are up to 22% more profitable following a disaster.

Hurricane Season? It’s Not Possible

If you’re like me, you are NOT ready for hurricane season. As I write this, there is snow on the ground in New York, New Hampshire, Maine, Michigan and Minnesota (as well as the usual higher elevations in the Rocky Mountains, of course). I haven’t yet flipped the home HVAC system from heat to cool […]

One Year Later: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Superstorm Sandy

This time last year, millions of people along the East Coast were recovering from the destructive effects of one of the costliest storms in United States history – “Superstorm” Sandy. Considered the deadliest storm of the 2012 hurricane season, Sandy showed our country and economy just how susceptible we were to flooding, power outages and […]

Jack Frost Could Be Halloween’s New Villain

Halloween in America is a time to share our scariest, nail-biting tales or celebrate our favorite villains, such as the headless horseman, Freddy Krueger, Michael Myers and “Jason”. A new villain may also be among us this Halloween. He blows into town uninvited, freezing pipes, disrupting supply chains and wreaking havoc on everyone’s immune systems. […]

Storms at sea – rising waves and worries for offshore operators

After churning in the Gulf of Mexico last week, Tropical Storm Karen dissipated into the quiet of the night without so much as a blip on the radar screen in her final hours. Even before this storm created any kind of disturbance, many offshore operators, including several ImpactWeather clients, were paying close attention to weather […]