Hidden Cycles Of Sea Winds To Be Revealed By NASA’s RapidScat

Hidden Cycles Of Sea Winds To Be Revealed By NASA’s RapidScat

Jul 9, 2014

Ocean waves, the hot sun, sea breezes — the right combination makes a great day at the beach. A different combination makes a killer hurricane…

In a few months, NASA will send an ocean wind-monitoring instrument to a berth on the International Space Station. That unique vantage point will give ISS-RapidScat, short for the International Space Station Rapid Scatterometer…

Make Sure Your Family Has a Disaster Plan

Make Sure Your Family Has a Disaster Plan

Jun 17, 2014

June 1 marked the beginning of hurricane season. Meanwhile, across much of the Western U.S., major droughts have greatly increased the danger for summer wildfires. And don’t forget last winter’s record-breaking winter storms – or the ongoing potential for earthquakes, tornados, floods and other natural disasters.

Storm Over Facebook Filtering Gains Strength

Storm Over Facebook Filtering Gains Strength

Jun 15, 2014

The National Hurricane Center said only about 16 percent of its Facebook fans are seeing its updates. Reuters/NOAA National Hurricane Center/Handout

Two weeks into hurricane season, the National Hurricane Center has a message for Facebook users looking for critical storm updates: You might be better off on Twitter.

How Can Social Media Help You This Hurricane Season?

How Can Social Media Help You This Hurricane Season?

Jun 12, 2014

Belmar realized the effectiveness of social media as an emergency communications channel during Hurricane Sandy, which battered the community of nearly 6,000 residents in October 2012. Using Social Media in Disaster Planning and Response, the effective engagement of social media during the hurricane generated nearly $750,000 in donations and supplies…

Drones to fly into hurricanes to help improve storm forecasts

Drones to fly into hurricanes to help improve storm forecasts

Jun 11, 2014

ORLANDO, Fla. — A bunch of Coyotes will be let loose in hurricanes this year with the goal of improving intensity forecasts.

The small drones were developed after Hurricane Sandy and will be tested for the first time this hurricane season. They’ll be launched into the eye of tropical systems to detect barometric pressure changes…

How Many Natural Disasters Does It Take to Ruin a Small Business?

Hurricane Sandy hit more than 23,000 New York City businesses and most of them had fewer than 50 employees. Disasters like that claim about 40 percent of the businesses they hit, according to FEMA. Just as it takes a solid business plan for success in business, it takes a solid disaster plan to come through these terrible situations and land on your feet.

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