Monthly Archives: October 2016

Food Safety During the Holidays

Food is an important part of many holiday celebrations. But don’t let food-related illness ruin your holiday. Food safety boils down to basic rules.

World Tsunami Awareness Day

Recognizing that tsunamis are a global threat, the United Nations has designated November 5 as World Tsunami Awareness Day.

Hazardous Materials (HazMat) Incidents – Types and Classifications

Thousands of incidents occur each year in which HAZMATs are released into the environment as a result of accidents or natural disasters. In addition...

Hazardous Materials (HazMat) Incidents – Links and Resources

Related links and resources for Hazardous Material Incident hazards and disasters.

Hazardous Materials (Hazmat) Incidents – Notable

Hazardous Materials (Hazmat) Incidents or industrial disasters are a unique post-industrial age creation of man. Industrial disasters have killed untold thousands of people since the beginning of the industrial revolution.

Hazardous Materials (Hazmat) Incidents – Aspects and Features

Hazardous substances may irritate the skin or eyes, make it difficult to breathe, cause headaches and nausea, or result in other types of illness. Some hazardous substances can cause far more severe health effects.

Hazardous Material (HazMat) Incidents – Introduction

HAZMATs include such substances as toxic chemicals, fuels, nuclear waste products, and biological, chemical, and radiological agents.

Floods – Links and Resources

USGS Flood Watch The USGS FloodWatch website is a map-based resource from USGS WaterWatch that gives users hourly visual updates for flood conditions at over...

Floods – Types and Classifications

You may already know that a flood is the rising and overflowing of a body of water onto normally dry land. But, did you know that there are several different types of floods?

Floods – Introduction

Floods are one of the most common hazards in the United States. Flood effects can be local, impacting a neighborhood or community, or very large, affecting entire river basins and multiple states.

Engineering Incidents – Links and Resources

Engineering disasters occur because of flaws in design, human error, and certain uncontrollable situations. View additional resources on engineering disasters:

Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale

The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale is a 1 to 5 rating based on a hurricane's sustained wind speed.

Protect yourself and your family from mosquito bites

Along with causing that itchy red bump, a mosquito bite can spread diseases, including West Nile, Zika, chikungunya, encephalitis, dengue, yellow fever, and malaria.

Earthquakes may be more likely during New and Full Moons

When the sun, moon and Earth are aligned, high tidal stress may increase the chances that an earthquake will grow bigger than it otherwise might have been.

Current Space Weather Forecast – OVATION Aurora Model

The OVATION (Oval Variation, Assessment, Tracking, Intensity, and Online Nowcasting) model is an empirical model of the intensity of auroras.