Be Prepared for Disaster

You are driving in your car when the newsflash comes across your radio. There is a potentially dangerous storm headed you way.  Or torrential rains are causing massive flooding. Or a huge power outage has swept the region, leaving you without heat or light.  Or perhaps all three have collided… now what do you do?

Disaster comes in many forms, but someday, with little or no warning, you may find yourself faced with surviving a catastrophe, either large or small. The question is, if disaster strikes, will you be ready?  You may be on your own without help or outside resources for 72 hours. Three days.  That is the standard that emergency management organizations and first responders say it may take them to get up and running after a large-scale disaster.You may think you’re prepared, but are you really? Do you have the tools and means necessary to make it through?

Getting Prepared

There are three basic ways to be prepared for a crisis or natural disaster, whether it be a large-scale calamity, like a hurricane or earthquake, that could interrupt services in a broader region, or something smaller like a bridge collapse or landslide that leaves your community cut off from services and supplies.

Know the risks and have a plan:

The first step to being preparedis knowing what you need to prepare for. Researching and understanding what kind of disasters or risks may occur in your areawill give you an idea of what kind of a disaster plan you need to have. An important part of knowing the risks includes being aware of your surroundings and being able to get information ahead of time; this is especially for natural events like a storm or flooding. If you live in an area prone to flooding or landslides, you should pay close attention when you hear about that storm headed your way that is predicted to dump loads of rain on you. If you live in an area prone to severe weather you should keep in mind storms may be more common during certain seasons.

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Summertime Safety

Summertime SafetySummer! The days are long, the weather is warm; it is the season of barbecues, pool parties, and time spent outdoors.

But summer also comes with its own set of potential hazards and threats. Common sense tells us we are should to drink plenty of fluids and schedule outdoor exercise in the morning or evening when it is cooler out to avoid heat stroke. We all know the importance of protecting ourselves from the sun – hats and sunscreen with a SPF of at least 15 are a must.  But here are a few other every-day hazards to keep in mind while you soak up the best the season has to offer.

Lawn mower Injuries.

It’s Saturday morning and you look out across your beautiful yard and realize things that have started growing back there that you have never seen before.  It’s time to get out the lawn mower and weed-whacker to tame the weeds and grass, but remember that these tool scan also be the source of injury. Toes, hand and fingers may be subject serious lacerations or trauma if you don’t remember to take simple precautions.

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Technology to Help You Survive a Disaster

Technology to Help You Survive a DisasterThe technology to keep you safe in the event of a natural disaster may already be at your fingertips. A cell phone– especially a smartphone or other portable device with access to the internet and social media sites – can be a life saver in many emergency situations.

In the last several decades there have been huge technological advances in being able to track and predict when a disaster will occur and where it will hit – but getting this information is crucial to your ability to react and survive. There are a number of government-operated monitoring systems which are effective in predicting large scale or intense weather or hydro-logical events such as severe storms, tornadoes, hurricanes, flooding and tsunamis. Researchers are continuing to look at ways to monitor and predict the potential for earthquakes, wildfire or avalanches through various systems. As technological advances are made, there is an incredible amount of information available with the potential for saving lives and property.

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Disaster Preparedness: Things You Can do to Help

Disaster Preparedness Things You Can do to HelpI’d attended a disaster management drill a few days back, conducted by an NGO in our neighborhood. There were many participants in the event and we learnt a great deal. Many private organizations are coming up with such programs, so the community is prepared in times of emergency. Since states differ in their capabilities in dealing with emergency situations, the need for strong programs have been stressed upon for a long time. The disaster management activities during and in the wake of Hurricane Katrina is an apt example.

The discrepancies present are being addressed by federal guidance, incentives and technical assistance.  As disasters happen across states and do not respect state borders it is the responsibility of the federal government to initial policies and programs that protect the public against nationwide disaster threats like influenza, and Ebola virus that is threatening people worldwide now.

We were taught about the various methods that families can adopt in face of disaster. A mock drill was conducted and I participate enthusiastically. While doing the chores, my nail got chipped and it looked awful. As I was worrying over it, one of the other participants gave me some tips on making it look good again. I discovered that he was a professional nail technician, click here for more information, and earned quite a lot from his job.

Here are some general ways in which you can prepare your family and community for man-made and natural disasters:

  • Create a plan of communication for the family. Select a person who lives outside your town or city. It may be a relative or a friend whom who or your family members can get in touch with to check on the others, if you get separated in a disaster. The contact information of the selected person should be with each member always.
  • Make sure the kids in the family know the phone number and address of the contact person.
  • Ensure that each and every member of the family knows about alternate routes to home.
  • If the members cannot reach home, you need to designate a place where all can meet.
  • The emergency evacuation route in your community should be known
  • In an emergency, learn to shut off utilities like water, electricity and gas
  • Emergency preparedness kit is an essential thing for every household to have. Make sure you have the things needed to camp for a minimum of three days.
  • Store the emergency supplies in plastic tubs or any other sealed container that is taped securely.
  • Have cash at home, as the automated teller machines will not work in case of power outage.

Medical preparedness

Learning first aid and CPR is important as it’ll be of great help during medical emergencies. You also need to make plans for the day care or children’s school. Schools also have student volunteers who are trained to help out in emergency situation. They are taught about the exit routes, being prepared and giving assistance where it is required.

Disaster mitigation is a continuous effort towards reducing the impact made by natural and man-made disasters on property and people. When you are prepared, fewer casualties and disturbances to community and people would result, which is the main objective of the various disaster management programs. I’d a very fruitful time and also managed to get some really useful tips on keeping my nails looking neat and attractive, thanks to my nail technician friend.

Natural Healing with Music

Natural Healing with MusicPeople do not have the time or inclination to listen and enjoy music anymore. The reason why I’m saying this is because a recent piano concert I went to had a very negligible number of listeners. When I looked into the matter objectively, I found that the problem starts at the elementary level itself.

Schools do not give music education the significance it deserves.  There are rarely a few subjects that can compare to the effect that music has. Music lets students express themselves and gives them a pleasant feeling that they carry all through the day.

While the academic and other specific subjects students choose helps them in the career they decide to take up, music gives them an entirely new perspective on education, their performance and learning. This is beneficial and makes students more successful, as they are more disciplined and intelligent, when compared to their counterparts who were not exposed to music.  Other than the educational benefits of music, it has been found that music also heals.

Music as stress reliever

Relaxation and reduced stress are key factors in building a healthy lifestyle and for wellbeing and healing effect. The best way to bring about the relaxation, so a self-healing occurs is by using music. Music has for a long time, been one of the most successful, and enjoyable methods to bring about relaxation. Research reveals that gentle, relaxing, slow and soothing piano music has an impressive effect on creativity, learning and memory in addition to acting as a stress reliever. Digital pianos have made it easier now for students to learn piano music.

Healing in the present

Music has an inherent healing effect that has benefited innumerable listeners all over the world. The sound healing is based on intention, entrainment and resonance. Music in general stimulates an analytical response unconsciously, allowing you to dwell on the future, but relaxing in future is not possible. To relax in the present, you need healing music, which is created in metal, tuning forks, crystal bowls, voices, instruments and even in computer aided generators.

When you pick out healing music it works its effects automatically and you can hear it, while you do your daily routine activities. It is sufficient to just listen to music and though it is more effective, when you create music. Listening to soft music in the background or with focused attention and intention with the aid of headphones can bring about

  • Inner peace, well being and happiness
  • You’ll be able to sleep easily and wake up in the morning totally refreshed
  • Gain a strong immune system
  • Have more focus, creativity and memory

With such tremendous benefits to achieve with music, it is necessary for parents to let their children train in music. In addition to making their child perform well academically, they also get to listen to music and create a relaxed and stress free atmosphere at home and work as a result. Particularly when you hear healing music it uplifts your body, soul and mind.

Hunting: Do the Benefits Outweigh the Drawbacks?

Hunting Do the Benefits Outweigh the DrawbacksMy cousin, a member of PETA, is dead against hunting as a sport. I, on the other hand, love hunting and whenever we meet, we end up fighting over the issue. Mostly our fight ends in a tie. Hunting has been part of our lives ever since humans existed and for early man it was the only way to survive. Killing for food and to protect turned into a sophisticated form of sport later on. Now hunting has become a controversial topic that has been debated about endlessly, with no proper solution in sight yet.

Some facts about hunting

In most regions of the United States, the absence of predators and the widespread deer friendly environment has led to the white tail deer population flourishing uninhibitedly. The deer population has spurred on the controversy as to whether hunting is necessary.

But as most of the green spaces start to recede mainly due to the deer population, the advocates of hunting say it is necessary to maintain the ecological balance, while animal activists and those against hunting defer. The ethical nature and practical issues including deer management, peaceful solution, and safety and deer conflicts feature mainly in the debate.

Advantages of hunting

  • Those who bat for hunting contend that it is a safe, necessary, inexpensive and effective way to solve the issue.
  • The modern hunting equipment and devices like range finders make the hunting more effective and a reduced injury rate is present, when you compare other recreational sports like football.
  • Since hunting reduces the individual deer population, reproduction is curbed leading to reduction in their number.
  • Hunting is essentially a substitution for the hunting done by cougars and wolves, and keeps the ecological balance intact.
  • Human and deer conflicts like Lyme disease, deer colliding into vehicles and damage to landscapes can be effectively prevented.
  • Hunting lets the deer to be killed for free and reduces taxpayers’ burden. Further killing them is a better option than letting the deer die because of starvation.
  • Hunting according to hunters is a ritual, tradition or bonding experience

Drawbacks of hunting

Those opposing hunting maintain that it is an ineffective, unsafe, unfair and unnecessary burden to taxpayers. They contend that the injuries in hunting are more and can also lead to fatalities. Hunting, according to them, is not only dangerous to the hunter and the deer, but also affects the community as a whole.

They argue that it is a wrong way to deal with the deer and human conflicts. The collisions occur mainly because the deer are frightened by the hunters, and forced onto the roads from the woods.

And in case of Lyme disease, it is the mice that spread the ticks and not deer. When landscaping does not include plants preferred by deer like rhodendrons and tulips, the chances of the plants being devoured is less. And hunting does not reduce the population, as reduced deer will result in more food for the survivors leading to better reproduction rate and more number of triplets or twins being born. The final argument against hunting is that immune contraception is a far better method to curb the deer population than the barbaric method of hunting them.

Astonishing Advantages Exercise Gives You

Astonishing Advantages Exercise Gives YouWhile I was having my regular morning workout in our local gym, I met my neighbor whom I hadn’t seen for some time. We both used to frequent the gym regularly and mostly train at the same time. He said that he had been caught up with a tight schedule at work and had to keep up odd hours lately, so couldn’t make it to the gym.

Since he’s a fitness enthusiast like me, he had somehow made time for his regular gym routine. He commented on my new workout attire and said it looked good on me. My wife had bought a new serger and this was one of her new attempts, which had come out quite well. I said so to him and he was impressed. We finished our workout and headed back home. My neighbor shared some very surprising facts about exercise, which had made him more determined than ever to continue his routine in spite of his pressing commitments at work. Here are the benefits he talked about:

Stress buster

A quick walk or a short workout at the gym can take away the stress you have piled up at work. One of the best benefits of exercise is the stress relief it provides. When you exercise, the norepinephrine concentration increases leading to moderation of brain’s response to stress. Reduced stress and better coping with mental tension along with better fitness can be achieved, when you exercise.

Boosts self-confidence

When you exercise, it changes your perspective of attractiveness irrespective of your age, gender, sized and weight. You’ll start feeling more assured and confident, and begin to love yourself more.

Fresh air energizes

Instead of exercising indoors, when you take up workouts like hiking, rock climbing or just a simple jog in the part, you get to breathe in fresh air, enjoy the natural scenery and also get some vitamin D into your body, while you soak up the sun’s warmth. I make it a habit to use sunscreen whenever I go out for my morning jog in the park. Now that I have my new track suit, thanks to my wife’s new sewing machine, I intend to take up more outdoor exercises for the benefits and to show off my new suit.

Enhance learning and memory power

As we age, there are some degenerative changes in the brain cells and for some it may be more severe and lead to diseases like Alzheimer’s. Though exercise cannot cure the disease, it can prevent the brain from excessive degeneration. Routing exercise started on as early as in your 20s will help in boosting the brain chemicals that prevent degeneration of the hippocampal region, which is the area of learning and memory.

Become smarter

Cardiovascular exercise has been proven to stimulate formation of fresh brain cells and boost the performance. An intensive workout exercises the brain cells more and increases certain proteins in the brain that boost better analytic thinking, learning and decision making. You end up smarter as a result.

The benefits of exercise are numerous with very little or no drawbacks. You get to be self-assured, smart and look fit and toned, which is certainly sufficient motivation to take up exercise regularly.

Martial Arts as a Preventive Therapy

Martial Arts as a Preventive TherapyI recently had the opportunity to watch a boxing competition sponsored by our community club. Since boxing is a favorite sport of mine, I enjoyed the competition and cheered on the participants with zeal. There were many kids in the spectators who’d come to watch the sport.

It was heartening to see martial arts being favored by kids today. Parents are also willing to let their kids learn the art. While the present generation do not have much motivation to participate in active sports with the numerous digital devices that turn them into couch potatoes, seeing the number of martial arts classes that have sprouted recently is certainly reassuring.

Not only is marital arts training favorable for the physical and mental health, it also provides spiritual and emotional health. Increased fitness, stamina, movement coordination and flexibility are made possible with martial arts training. The mental health benefits include self-control, self-esteem and spiritual and emotional well-being. With so many benefits, no wonder the martial arts training classes are popular.

In addition to the various benefits mentioned above, it is also possible to prevent various systemic diseases and bring about positive changes in the healing system of the body. It has been found that the training exerts a powerful influence on the organs in the body and mainly on the brain.

The effect of the training depends on how far, how often and how fast the exercises are performed. This will reflect on the increase in muscle mass and better aerobic capacity.

Boxing for instance strengthens the entire body by the various movements performed, which include kicking, punching, ducking, bouncing, sparring and pivoting. The repetitions provide core building and also in the legs and arm region. I use my premium quality boxing gloves, while I train to make the moves more effective.

Benefits of training

Aerobic martial arts training, aids in building the large muscles of the body, which gives great physiques to the trainees. The aerobic forms of martial arts are the most beneficial, leading to positive changes in the body.

When intensive training is provided, numerous physiological changes are brought about. There is tremendous improvement in the blood pressure, blood sugar levels, and lipids, blood circulation in the muscles, calcium metabolism and various other basic functions in the body. The changes are interactive with the entire body being benefited from the training.

As a result with continuous training, the overall functioning of the body including the brain is improved and reduced risk of lifestyle diseases like coronary heart disease, hypertension, obesity, diabetes etc. is made possible.

In relation to the benefits in brain and nervous system, some of the changes seen in the early stages of martial arts training are elevated mood, increased energy levels, improved self-esteem and self-confidence, lower levels of depression and anxiety and better coping stamina. The effect on the central nervous system leads to positive changes in the heart rate and blood pressure.

Thus getting trained in martial arts is certainly the perfect way to attain physical and mental health. I recommend using good quality gloves, while training to protect from injury and perfect the moves.

Survival Skills and Shooting Pellets

Survival Skills and Shooting PelletsLearning how to stay safe in a time of disaster is one of the most important things that we can do in order to protect ourselves in the event of a crisis. Depending on what situation may arise, police services may break down and food may become scarce. this can range from anything from personal protection hunting for food. Learning to shoot a rifle or shotgun is really one of the most important skill sets that we can learn, but it can also be an intimidating process for some people. This blog post is intended to give this group of people an easy way to gain confidence and skills in this area.

For people who are still learning how to protect themselves and to become better survivalists, one of the best things that they can do is t learn how to accurately shoot a gun. Of course, not everyone is  a skilled shooter, nor does everyone have the confidence to start out with a big gun. That’s why I recommend starting to learn to shoot with an air rifle.

Air rifles are the perfect choice for a basic weapon as they are easy to use and their pellets are readily available in stores. They are a great teaching tool, and serve as a bridge to other rifles and shotguns. But, having said this,they are also often sufficient in and of themselves. Air rifles have plenty of power, so they are often enough in and of themselves for hunting small game.

Of course, success in learning how to shoot comes with both practice and choosing the right equipment. Every single person will have a different wishlist for what they want from their air rifle. Having said that, I truly think that the Ruger Blackhawk is a great place to start as it is powerful and accurate, but also extremely affordable. This makes is accessible to many buyers, and its manufacturer made sure that it suited many types of shooters and uses. Overall, it is a great gun for all levels and is simple to use. The only cons in this gun are that it can be a bit big and packs some recoil, but this is easily managed and is not a deal-breaker for such a good overall air gun.

Regardless of what air gun a survivalist chooses, practice really does make perfect. Learning to be safe and comfortable around firearms is absolutely essential to the whole endeavor. The great news is that practicing shooting at a gun range or on personally owned property can be fun too. It is not always the case that survival skill training can double as entertainment, but this is an occasion where it just might. Regardless of its entertainment value, spending time developing shooting ability will pay dividends if something ever were to happen.

Be Fitness and Fire ready!

Be Fitness and Fire ready!A man should be prepared physically and mentally, and also be prepared for emergency as much as they can. For these reasons there are thing like General Physical Preparedness or GPP, that is used in CrossFit to refer to a physical fitness level a person should gain to meet challenges in life, like for instance, a hurricane evacuation.

Getting out from your home and into the storm shelter at a very short notice needs brisk reflexes and preparedness which I think CrossFit teaches perfectly. An earthquake warning or a fire needs immediate action to save lives and property, which CrossFit training can give you. I’ve found that the programming under GPP lets you gain a physical condition that helps you face challenges effectively and also give you the mental strength to face any worst events.

General physical preparedness is the measure of how fit you really are and how you will face a demanding activity level. It shows your specific athletic prowess, which includes the following

  • Increasing oxygen levels in the body by cardiovascular endurance tests
  • Maintaining the energy levels in the body over a period of time
  • Ability to move heavy stuff around easily, which indicates muscle power.
  • Flexible joints, so you can do an entire range of movements without spraining or hurting yourself.
  • Power to make fast and strong moves in an emergency and speed to move the body in a flash of a second.
  • Coordination of several movements, so you get things done in a fraction of a second.
  • Possessing the agility and balance, so you do not fumble when you are doing an important maneuver
  • Accurate movements so you get the intensity, direction and speed right.

When you mix all the above abilities together you are a highly endowed person, who can when needed dive in and do any kind of physically challenging job easily. CrossFit helps you build this kind of resistance and energy, so you excel in any kind of movement be it pull ups, squats, tire flips, rope climbs or deadlifts or a 5k run. You can look into resource that will help you choose a pair of gloves for protection and about crossfit in general.

GPP training can be done by doing any of the exercise that builds the abovementioned skills. It can be any type of movement like for instance, squats which build flexibility, posterior chain strength, balance and power.  The GPP training done in CrossFit is actually derived from many different sports like weightlifting, powerlifting, gymnastics and strongman. These sports activities when done in a skilled combination can make people really fast, coordinated and strong. The right gear also helps in increasing the effectiveness of the CrossFit exercises. I’d recommend wearing special boots to improve you crossfit performance with MX20v3 shoes.

By improving on your running, cardio vascular endurance and flexibility during your workout sessions you can improve your GPP. For power and strength, focus on weight lifting where the snatches and cleans build your coordination, agility, strength and power effectively. With CrossFit you can be fit and also fire ready.

Stay Safe during Heavy Winters by Growing Food Indoors

Stay Safe during Heavy Winters by Growing Food IndoorsSince the dawn of civilization, access to reliable food sources has been vital to the survival of people. There was a time when we would spend several hours a day just getting enough food to eat – back when we were hunters and gatherers, before agriculture was developed. Even the establishment of farms and the domestication of animals has not been a guarantee against starvation, when you consider the droughts, diseases and famines which have leveled populations throughout history. Weather can be a boon or a curse on anyone growing food, which is why growing food indoors can help you stay safe.

At least, it can help you to stay safe during periods of inclement weather. While you may not be able to control the conditions of the world outside your home, there is much you can do to tailor your personal environment and make it more amiable for the growing of foodstuffs. I have survived countless strong winters, when it was even impossible to drive cars for the low temperatures, by preparing and growing plants for the winter ahead of time. I use a specially designed and fabricated room in my home in conjunction with led lights and hydroponics.

Utilizing this setup, I’ve kept myself in a steady supply of tomatoes, onions, various fruits and many different herbs which add a veritable world of flavor to whatever dishes I decide to cook. Here is a website with decent information about growing technologies, ideas, products and other good things to know for the indoor gardener with a green thumb. It’s just one of the resources I used when setting up my own winter growing operation, but it was also one of the most informative, so I recommend a quick visit to anyone interesting in learning more about this specific topic.

If you were hoping to get more information here though, then you can still keep reading. In my experience, Tao Tronics Grow Lights produce the best results for growing plants indoors, regardless of the time of year. I have been using them as part of my indoor setup for a couple years now and they do not disappoint. When you are looking for grow lights, you have to remember that natural sunlight is powerful – much more powerful than the majority of growing lights you can buy in stores. I’m talking about the wattage of the sun.

For reference, that’s about 4 x 10^26 watts. Thankfully, the sun is a long ways away from the Earth, and only a fraction of that power actually makes it through the atmosphere and to the land and seas. On a clear day with optimal weather conditions, natural sunlight’s strength is about 1,000 watts per square meter, with it being stronger closer to the equator and weaker closer to the poles. Because of this, if you’re serious about growing indoors, you can’t just use any old lights. You may need mirrors to reflect light and keep it focused on your growing area, or to simply use high-powered lights.

How to Stay Safe in Street Fights

How to Stay Safe in Street FightsSome readers may have found the title of this piece a bit shocking. Before I get into safety tips and other information about how to stay safe in street fights though, I want to make one thing perfectly clear. In most cases, if there’s a way to get out of a situation where you would have to fight without combat, that’s probably a better idea than getting into a tussle with someone you don’t know. Remember, strangers can be the most dangerous opponents – you don’t know their capabilities and they certainly don’t know yours. The best way to stay safe in a street fight is to avoid one in the first place.

With that said, winning a fight is pretty much always better than losing one. Would you rather feel the shame of a loss, or the sense of triumph which comes with pounding an enemy into the dust? I know which one I would rather feel. If you absolutely must fight, make sure to take measure of your opponent – don’t just run in blindly, swinging your arms and screaming. If they are armed, you may want to keep your distance, or look for an opportunity to disarm them rather than taking the brunt of an attack. There’s nothing cowardly at all about waiting for an opening and then seizing it.

I’m talking about a knife, a length of pipe, or another kind of melee weapon; I wouldn’t recommend trying to punch someone who has a gun pointed at you. There are three basic rules to street fighting: do not fight unless you face a real risk of bodily harm (already covered that one); use extreme force (because your opponent likely will too); and get yourself out of the situation as soon as it is over. If you follow these three rules, your safety isn’t guaranteed, but you’ll be more likely to walk away from a fight than not. Knowing how to fight before you get into a fight is also a pretty good idea.

In order to be calm and prepared in an extreme situation, you might want to attend a martial arts class: BJJ is a good example. Always wear a kimono during your training, to sharpen your inner discipline as well. Getting a good instructor for any self-defense class is very important, because if the time ever comes that you are forced to put your education to work protecting yourself, it should be fairly clear that you’d want good instructions from someone who knew what they were talking about, and not just someone running their mouth.

Getting training in outside of class is important too. Don’t forget to train some techniques at home, with the use of a superb grappling dummy. Remember, you can beat on a dummy as hard as you want and you’ll never get hit with a lawsuit or tossed out of a class – they make the best partners for when you want to learn the best place to put the most force in a blow. While live sparring partners are better for learning techniques, dummies can often be better for putting those techniques into practice without fear of hurting someone.

Using Meteorological and Climate Data to Prevent Disasters

Using Meteorological and Climate Data to Prevent DisastersData from research and from meteorological and climatology networks is an invaluable resource when trying to predict and prevent disasters. Often these resources provide a significant amount of time and money to create, and the uses for the data are not always evident at the outset of the project.

Usually, these networks start as tools for weather forecasting and then the data analysis evolves from that point into a myriad of different directions. It is important to remember, these tools are not only descriptive. They are used to make important inferences from the data that they provide. This can be critical to understanding and modeling global warming, storm systems and other potential climatology disasters.

This important work has led to a proliferation of programs and data sets that are useful to predicting weather patterns locally and globally. The largest, worldwide programs include the World Climate Data and Monitoring Program (WCDMP), which facilitates collecting and organizing climatology data all over the world. They provide a number of data sets, including climate normals. These allow researchers to compare current weather conditions to past norms. The World Meteorological Association’s Commission for Climatology (CCI) tracks global climate and temperature extremes. This data includes information on the strongest storms, hurricanes and tornadoes.

The World Weather Records (WWR) program has recorded temperature, precipitation and barometric pressure at hundreds of stations worldwide since 1923. Some of their stations have existed for much longer than that. And, there are many other global groups that collect data on surface temperature, precipitation, ozone, aerosols and more in addition to national and regional services. For example, the World Meteorological Organization has begun to develop regional centers and networks for Asia and Europe.

However, these massive undertaking can stretch the limits of any data acquisition and management program’s capabilities. These networks rely on quick, secure and user-friendly technological solutions, and the massive amount of data they produce needs to be stored somewhere. For example, the CCI records have been stored at Arizona State University since 2006. Before that, much of this critical information was simply not accessible to researchers for evaluation and verification.

This is still a problem, and the amount of data requires more space and planning than currently exists. The solution rests in creating data centers that are designed especially for gathering and processing climatology data sets. The fact is that there is a huge need for this information, and more purpose-built data centers are needed to store it. Luckily, companies like Citrus are stepping in to build these data centers. The future of climate prediction and disaster management rests in the ability of people to effectively collect, store and analyze this information. And, to that end, our futures do as well.