What is going on with the weather this year? My wife and I moved out to the Pacific Northwest over three years ago, for reasons I will not bore you with, and are sitting up here without a worry in the world, while the rest of the country has been bombarded with weather and geological related incidents one right after another.
This year has truly been an epic year in terms of these events in the United States. Certainly, each and every year brings its own challenges, but this year seems to be one right after the other.
We kicked off this year with the Groundhog Day Blizzard that crippled much of the nation from New Mexico and Northern Texas to New England and Eastern Canada. Who knew at that time that this was just the beginning?
Shortly after this huge snowstorm, which contributed to the next crisis, the flooding began. We have had historic levels of flooding on the Mississippi River, Missouri River and others.
Then, the tornadoes started to occur. The 2011 tornado season was one of the worst on record seemingly making the news every night with a new city being devastated. According to this Wikipedia article, there have been 1,764 tornadoes in the US in 2011 – that’s a lot of tornadoes and a lot of damage!
Then, while the weather takes a little break, we get a nice little earthquake on the East Coast. Nothing real significant (easy to say, sitting here in Gig Harbor, WA) but just a little something to rattle the cages of those who didn’t expect an earthquake to be rattling their cages.
And, that “little break” the weather took didn’t last long, as right on the heels of the earthquake, Hurricane Irene decided to give the East Coast a visit. It turns out she was not as bad as some prognosticators predicted, but she was pretty bad nonetheless.
So, what’s next? Oh, how about a few little Texas fires – and by little, I mean Texas-style little, which is pretty huge to the rest of us. A little more flooding in the Northeast, perhaps – check.
I am currently working with an East Coast company to help them plan for an Emergency Response exercise. We are quickly reaching the conclusion that they do not have to exercise given the number of real life implementations they have had and are even now currently experiencing with more floods in New Jersey. Enough already!
Safe Harbor Consulting opened our doors as a new business continuity, disaster recovery, and crisis management consulting firm earlier this year. Some folks have accused us of causing these disasters as a way of promoting the need for our services. I assure you, our connections with the man above are not that good.
And I have only talked about incidents impacting the US! Imagine how long this blog would be if I started listing worldwide events. I am almost afraid to ask, “What could be next?” The answer is likely to be in a future blog.
Be safe, folks.