Category: Severe Weather

Stay Safe During Lightning


The consequences of lightning strikes are serious. Lightning is one of the leading causes of weather-related fatalities. During 2003–2012, lightning caused an average of 35 deaths per year in the United States. Read more about Lightning strikes and how to stay safe.   Read More >

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Top 10 NCEH/ATSDR “Your Health, Your Environment” Blog Posts of 2014

As this year draws to a close, perhaps you’ve realized you didn’t get a chance to read all of the “Your Health, Your Environment” blog posts. To help get you into full catch-up mode, here are the ten most popular posts of 2014: Staggering Numbers: Do You Know the Disease? Are We Getting Enough Vitamins Read More >

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Early Winter Weather

While some sections of the United States have not yet seen their first snow, some areas have already felt winter’s icy blast. Winter weather presents challenges, but you can remain safe and healthy if you are prepared to meet them. Indoor Safety You may prefer to remain indoors in the winter as much as possible, Read More >

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Who Is Most at Risk in Disasters?

Imagine that one of the steps to your front porch is broken. Do you wait until someone falls and gets hurt to repair it, or do you fix it before that happens? How about smoke alarms? Do you wait until you have a fire in your home before you install one, or do you install Read More >

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When the Lights Go Out

Protect yourself from CO poisoning during summer storms Summer weather brings with it the threat of thunderstorms, tornadoes, and hurricanes. Heavy rain, lightning and high winds can knock out electric power for a few minutes to several days. When power outages occur after severe weather (such as hurricanes or tornadoes), using alternative sources of power Read More >

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Keep Your Cool in Hot Weather

Although summer officially began less than two weeks ago, many parts of our nation already have experienced very hot weather. And in some areas, those temperatures will continue into October. Most of us can’t spend three or four months in air-conditioned comfort, nor would we want to. If you want to work and play outdoors Read More >

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When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!

June 22-28 is National Lightning Safety Week. Lightning strikes may be dangerous, but you can protect yourself from risk even if you are caught outdoors when lightning is close by. The weather forecast calls for a slight chance of thunderstorms, but you can only see a few fluffy white clouds overhead. So you and your Read More >

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Protect Yourself From Wildfires

Dry conditions in parts of the United States increase the potential for wildfires in or near wilderness areas. Stay alert for wildfire warnings and take action to protect yourself and your family from wildfire smoke. When wildfires burn in your area, they produce smoke that may reach your community. Smoke from wildfires is a mixture Read More >

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The 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season: It’s here!

The 2014 Atlantic hurricane season began on June 1 and runs through November 30. It’s time to get ready! The 2012 hurricane season was the second consecutive year that a named storm devastated the mid-Atlantic and Northeast. Both Irene (2011) and Sandy (2012) caused fatalities, injuries, and tremendous destruction from coastal storm surge, heavy rainfall, Read More >

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Tornado Safety Tips

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA) there is no guaranteed safety during a tornado. Indeed, we must take seriously even the possibility of a tornado. Although the most violent tornadoes can level and blow away almost any house and those within it, extremely violent EF5 tornadoes are very rare. Most tornadoes are Read More >

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