In some areas of the United States, regions that used to have designated “wildfire seasons” are finding that these seasons extend much longer – and in some cases, all year long. In recent years, we have seen some of the country’s... Continue
The winter holidays are beloved for the warmth and light they bring to a cold, dark season. But this wondrous time of year isn’t free from danger. According to the American Red Cross, almost 47,000 fires occur during the winter holidays,... Continue
When most people hear the word “flood," they think of rivers overflowing their banks in the springtime and of tropical storms that thrash the Atlantic and Gulf coasts in late summer and early fall. But flooding is a year-round risk that... Continue
The winter of 2017 was a season of wild temperature fluctuations in the Northeast.
From late December into early January, a strong Arctic air mass resulted in a brutal cold snap with temperatures that hovered just degrees above zero in... Continue
Most homeowners know the drill for reducing the risk of a house fire: They keep a smoke detector on each floor and make sure they are all in good working order at least twice a year. They closely monitor cooking, candles, and wood stoves... Continue
Most floods develop over the course of hours or days, but flash floods rise quickly and often without warning, which is why they are so dangerous. Small creeks and waterways can suddenly turn into a powerful wall of water reaching heights... Continue
The Atlantic hurricane and tropical storm season typically begins around June 1 and extends through November 30, and its effects can be felt not only along the U.S. coast but also further inland — in the form of tropical storm flooding.... Continue
Each year storm surges and the floods they cause pose significant risks to lives and property along the U.S. east coast and the Gulf of Mexico. A storm surge is the rise in sea level that can accompany a storm such as a hurricane. When a... Continue
If you live in a community that is prone to wildfires, it's important to know that devastating flooding and mudflows often follow wildland blazes.
After a wildfire, the charred ground it leaves is far less able to absorb water. This... Continue