Preparedness in the News: 5 Things to Know this Week
July 19, 2014
An overhead shot of the California wildfire from July 18th
Here are five need-to-know news stories in the world of emergency preparedness for the week of July 14th-18th :
1. Typhoon Rammasun Impacts the Phillippines
Typhoon Rammasun pummeled the shores of Manila on Tuesday, July 15th. After experiencing the wrath of Typhoon Haiyan last year, hundreds of thousands of residents fled to higher ground and worked to shore up their weakened homes in anticipation of more severe storms. Read the full story from Foxnews.com.
2. California Considers Setting Mandatory Water Curbs
As a result of the three-year drought impacting California and other states in the West, California lawmakers are considering creating mandatory state-wide water restrictions for the first time during the drought. You’ll be surprised by how much the proposed out-of-pocket fine is for using your sprinkler in California...Check out the full story at foxnews.com.
3. Chemical Leak Near Thailand’s Eastern Seaport Sickens Nearly 100
On Thursday, July 17, at least 94 people were exposed to a chemical leak from a ship docked in Bangkok, Thailand. Residents were asked to evacuate the area and to seek medical attention. Read more about this chemical leak from CBS News. But this is not the first time Thailand has been in the news this summer, read about the recent political unrest and disaster scenarios people are preparing for in Thailand in our article, “Thailand Natural, and not so Natural Disasters.”
4. Washington State Wildfires is so Massive it Creates Mushroom-Like Cloud
Low humidity and 100 degree temperatures have created the perfect conditions for wildfires and large, billowing smoke clouds this week in Washington State. By July 18th, at least 100 homes had been burned. Emergency crews closed sections of U.S. 2 and other main roads across the state. Residents in Leavenworth, WA were asked to evacuate as ash rained from the sky. Read more from the New York Daily News and NBC News.
5. Scientists identify Mt. Rainer’s volcanic center in detailed photographs
According to the Science World Report, “Scientists are getting a closer look at Mount Rainier's volcanic plumbing. By measuring how fast Earth conducts electricity and seismic waves, researchers have made a detailed picture of what happens deep beneath the surface of the mountain.” Learning more about this volcano's internal plumbing helps us better predict and prepare for future eruptions. Check out the rest of the story at scienceworldreport.com.