Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Worst Case Scenario Natural Disasters Becoming More Common

Scientists are still debating the causes of global warming (see this recent New York Times article), but there is no question that we will see more natural disasters as a result.  "Tornadoes, flooding, drought, and wildfires ravaged many parts of the country during the period, and each of these extremes broke long-standing records and have been compared to the 'worst such cases' in history" according to a report just released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Climatic Data Center.  The need for awareness and preparedness must be ratcheted up to deal with this reality.  The TIPS Disaster Preparedness and Response initiative addresses these concerns. Natural disasters will be the focus of the TIPS Spring Meeting in Charleston, South Carolina on May 17, 2012.  There will be podcasts on natural disasters on the TIPS website and on the WestLegalCenter in March and April 2012. 

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