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SEPTEMBER:NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTHFRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2006
For the third straight year, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will sponsor National Preparedness Month, along with a coalition of more than 200 national, regional, state and local organizations. National Preparedness Month is a nationwide effort held each September to encourage Americans to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses and schools. This year's goals are to increase public awareness about the importance of family emergency preparedness and to urge individuals to make themselves and their loved ones better prepared. MORE...
SOUTHERN CALIFONIA QUAKE FEARS [Full Story]MONDAY, JUNE 26, 2006
This new report stresses the need for those of us, living in Southern California not to ignore the experts any longer. We all know that the "Big One" could happen at anytime.
There are things that you can do before a major or minor earthquake strikes. Survivors are the results of Preparedness. Earthquake Kits, 72-Hour Kits, Survival Kits, Emergency Supplies, First Aid Kits, Stored Water and Emergency Food are the key necessities to survive. FEMA, The Red Cross, The Office of Homeland Security, National, State and local government offices all recommend enough supplies for at least the first 72 hours after a disaster. Please see "Earthquake Preparedness" in our "Disaster Info" section and remember to GET READY TO BE PREPARED!
The following is a reprint of a story from the BBC June 22, 2006
The San Andreas Fault runs for roughly 1,280km (800 miles) through California in the US. It marks the meeting point of the Pacific and North American tectonic plates. The southern segment begins near the Salton Sea and runs northward before bending to the west where it meets the San Bernardino Mountains. Los Angeles is the biggest city located near this part of the fault.
Professor Fialko looked at eight years of radar data from European Space Agency satellites that measure in detail how the ground moves and 20 years of global-positioning system (GPS) data. His analysis suggests the two plates either side of the San Andreas Fault are moving past each other at a rate of about 25mm (an inch) each year - the fault's "slip rate". MORE...
FIRE SEASON STARTS EARLY [Full Story]MONDAY, JUNE 26, 2006
Los Angeles: Southern California's fire season started ahead of schedule this year. June 5, 2006 was declared the first day of the 2006 fire season.
According to a news release issued by Unit Chief Bill Holmes of the Amador-El Dorado unit of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, California's fire season officially began on June 5. Holmes indicated that "the term 'fire season' is simply a state of readiness."
The official start of the fire season varies geographically throughout the state and country due to weather conditions, fuel types and the number of fire incidents. "Temperatures are rising, the abundant grass crop is drying out and the summer weather patterns have begun," the CDF release said. "The declaration of fire season gives CDF the opportunity to remind residents that it's time to take action."
Southern California famous for its many seasonal wildfires is not alone. MORE...
ALBERTO BECOMES THE FIRST NAMED HURRICANE OF
MONDAY, JUNE 12, 2006
THE 2006 ATLANTIC HURRICANE SEASON [Full Story]
Weather forecasters in the United States have issued a hurricane warning for parts of Florida as the first storm of the Atlantic hurricane season moves north from the Gulf of Mexico.
Tropical storm Alberto dropped as much as 40 centimeters of rain on Cuba and caused flooding in places.
Alberto is expected to move towards Florida over the next two days and produce hurricane conditions within the next 24 hours. MORE...
THWARTING NEW BRAND OF TERROR [Full Story]MONDAY, JUNE 5, 2006
WIt is to the resounding credit of the FBI that a plot hatched by seven men described as would-be "homegrown terrorists" was nipped in the bud so neatly that their plan to cause death and destruction "just as good or greater than 9/11" never posed an immediate threat.
According to the indictment by a grand jury in Miami, the seven men - five U.S. citizens and two Haitians, one a resident and the other an illegal immigrant - planned to blow up the tallest building in America, the Sears Tower in Chicago, the FBI offices in North Miami Beach and other federal buildings in Dade County, Florida. "Fortunately," said Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez, "because of the fine work of law enforcement, these men were unable to advance their deadly plot beyond the initial planning phase." He noted that this is "a new brand of terrorism" and warned, "Today, terrorist threats may come from smaller, more loosely defined cells who are not affiliated with al-Qaida, but who are inspired by a violent jihadist message. And left unchecked, these homegrown terrorists may prove to be as dangerous as groups like al-Qaida."
The response to this new brand of terrorism was described by Mr. Gonzalez as "prevention by prosecution." The plotters in the Liberty City section of Miami, were arrested before they were able to acquire the explosives and weapons they needed to carry out their insane jihad. MORE...
ARE YOU PREPARED FOR THE NEXT BIG ONE? [Full Story]MONDAY, MAY 22, 2006
Sunday May 21, 2006 Dateline airs this report.
"U.S. scientists say it's not a question of if, but when."
This report takes the view through many different case scenarios. From the obvious areas such as southern California, San Francisco, Alaska, Japan, Italy and places around the world including the quake off Indonesia that triggered the devastating tsunami of 2004 to unsuspecting locations such as at-risk sections of the country you might never think of like the South, the Midwest, even the Northeast.
You don't need to live on the infamous San Andreas Fault to experience the wrath of plate tectonics. Nearly 2,000 miles away, in the south-central states, where people are used to disasters like tornadoes and floods. There is a real risk of earthquakes. MORE...
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