Tornado Myths Debunked
Tornadoes can strike with little warning and transform a landscape within a matter of minutes. And while their damage can be deadly, so can the confusing myths about tornadoes that…
Post-Storm Checklist: Checking for Tornado Damage At Home
In recent years during tornado season, we’ve seen news reports of areas that have suffered devastating personal and material losses to tornadoes. In their most severe form, tornadoes can toss…
How to Become an Official Storm Spotter
Have you ever wondered how the National Weather Service knows when a tornado touches down? Or how it determines a densely populated area is about to be flooded? Sure, the NWS…
How to prepare for peak tornado season in Chicago
Tornado season begins anew every spring in Illinois, as do the reminders to homeowners to prepare against them. In 2012, Illinois saw eight tornado-related fatalities and 111 tornado-related injuries, due…
Chasing the Eye of the Storm with Technology
There’s something about a strong wind that can be kind of intriguing, and tornados add to the visual mystique. Movies like “The Wizard of Oz” and “Twister” played on our…
Disaster Tourism: A Side Effect of Catastrophes
Is disaster tourism a financial opportunity to help communities rebuild, or does it prevent communities from emotionally healing? This is just one of the tough questions being asked by Joplin,…
Keys to Weathering a Storm: Preparedness and Readiness
The nation saw first hand the devastating effects of natural disasters such as heat waves, tornadoes and hurricanes, which affected many parts of the U.S. this year. These tragic disasters…