Tag 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 […]

Emergency Response Plans Tried-and-True? Practice Makes Perfect!

National Preparedness Month (NPM) continues as we near the end of September and although NPM is coming to a close, emergency preparedness is a continual improvement process. I hope you will take this opportunity to think about preparedness initiatives for your organization. The final topic for NPM has to do with practicing for an emergency. […]

To shut down or not to shut down…That is the question

Far from Shakespeare’s existential oratory that famously characterized the opening of Hamlet, the question of shutting down, or evacuating an offshore rig in the face of severe weather is one that carries enormous consequences. In addition to the logistical challenges of aligning evacuation methods (aircraft or boat), there are the costs associated with lost production […]

Halfway Through Hurricane Season, We Are Not Out of the Woods Yet

Unlike many heatwave haters, August is one of my favorite months. School is starting to ramp up (for those of us in the South), football pre-season is upon us, and most importantly, my birthday is in two weeks. For others, it can be the worst time of year, with uncomfortable heat and humidity scorching much […]

What if Chicken Little was right – Would utility providers be prepared?

As a history buff and science geek, my husband will watch the History Channel or Discovery Channel until he’s asleep on the couch. He is the epitome of the phrase, “learning is cool.” Recently, we watched the History Channel’s The Men Who Built America , which specifically focused on J.P. Morgan and his relationship with […]

Tropical Storms, Delegates, Protesters and More: Preparing an EOC for a National Political Convention [Free Webinar]

A tumultuous event with twists and turns both before and during, the 40th Republican National Convention was held several weeks ago in Tampa and ACP’s Steve Elliot had a unique ring-side seat for the event.  Elliot, the Corporate Director of Membership and Programming for the Association of Contingency Planners, helped staff the City of Tampa’s […]

FEMA, NOAA Official “Severe Weather Week” Not That Severe Weather-Wise But Still Extremely Important

Two of the nation’s foremost emergency authorities have joined forces to raise public awareness, which is a phrase that’s so overused these days that it’s almost an invitation to go look at something else.  But this time the awareness is about something that affects each and every one of us – severe weather.  See below […]

2,000 Tornadoes for the U.S. This Year? Seasonal Forecast Highlights Potential Impact on Your Business [25-min. video]

ImpactWeather produced our monthly weather outlook for our clients this morning, a 25-minute look at the next few months and an early peak into the tropical season.  A few items really stuck out – such as the fact that it’s been a warmer winter in the U.S. but not really anywhere else in the world […]

The Energy Security Council – An Interesting Non-Profit Group Quietly Doing Vital Work

Today we briefly interrupt our usual flow of weather outlooks, vital preparedness updates and general weather stuff to take a moment to salute the Houston-based Energy Security Council.  Which might not sound like a blockbuster movie but it’s actually pretty interesting stuff when you consider that Houston is the energy capital of the world and […]

A Modest Proposal: Crash Helmets for In-Home Use During a Tornado – Why Not?

Every once in a while an idea comes along and we all wonder why no one thought of it before. Over the last couple of hours the immediate region has been under all manner of watches and warnings for heavy rainfall, lightning, hail, potential straight-line wind damage and tornadoes.  Feeder roads and underpasses have filled […]