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Dec
19
2013

Hazard Highlights

Make Preparedness your New Year?s Resolution!

PDC Global Hazards Atlas displaying PDC Integrated Active Hazards and MODIS Snow Cover (8 Day)

PDC Global Hazards Atlas displaying PDC Integrated Active Hazards and MODIS Snow Cover (8 Day)

As we take a look at this past year, we have seen the devastating effects of disasters, everything from a 7.8 earthquake that caused a new island to appear, to one of the strongest typhoons in history that took thousands of lives. These events should always remind us to be prepared.

Disaster preparedness is often described as a ?continuous cycle of planning, organizing, training, equipping, exercising, evaluating, and taking corrective action in an effort to ensure effective coordination during incident response?.

It is up to each individual and community to maintain a state of preparedness; it?s not if a disaster will happen but when! Here at the PDC we use a variety of tools to stay prepared and ready to respond, including up to-the-minute hazard information, data analysis, and our very own decision support system.? You can also stay prepared by keeping up to date on current hazard information, having an emergency evacuation plan, and creating a disaster supply kit! ?Aren?t familiar with the hazards in your area? Take a look at the images below to see a few layers that we use for preparedness.

PDC?s Global Hazards Atlas displaying Earthquake Intensity Zones

PDC?s Global Hazards Atlas displaying Earthquake Intensity Zones

Use the Earthquake Intensity Zones layer (shown above) to determine the threat of earthquakes in your area. The layer displays the probability of the occurrence of an earthquake of a certain magnitude. For example, in the image below, the estimated maximum intensity of an earthquake in San Francisco is high at nine or above. In contrast Sacramento is in the six to seven range indicating that earthquakes in this area are likely to be less intense than those occurring in San Francisco.

PDC?s Global Hazards Atlas centered on Califonia displaying Earthquake Intensity Zones

PDC?s Global Hazards Atlas centered on Califonia displaying Earthquake Intensity Zones

Similar to the earthquake layer above, the Storm Intensity Zones layer (shown below) displays the probability of the occurrence of storms with different intensities based on location. Use this layer to determine what zone you fall into.

PDC?s Global Hazards Atlas displaying Storm Intensity Zones

PDC?s Global Hazards Atlas displaying Storm Intensity Zones

In the New Year, PDC looks to improve our disaster preparedness capabilities by improving our decision support system, conducting disaster preparedness exercises, analyzing risk and vulnerability and increasing hazard specific data.? How will you prepare in 2014?

PDC will issue the next Hazard Highlights in January of next year and would like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season.

Don?t worry, PDC will continue to monitor and report active hazards around the globe throughout the holiday. See you again in 2014!

Current Hazard Warnings

Take a look below to see hazard warnings that PDC is currently monitoring.

Drought: United States

Fire: Chile (Malleco), United States (California)

Flood: England, Middle East

High Surf: United States (Hawaii)

Severe Weather: Brazil (southern), Canada (Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, North Quebec, Prince Edward Island), Malaysia, Middle East

Tropical Storm: Amara (Indian Ocean), Bruce (Indian Ocean)

For real-time information on current disasters download PDC?s free Disaster Alert mobile app available for your iOS or Android devices today! Also be sure to monitor PDC on Twitter, Facebook, and by accessing the Global Hazards Atlas page.