2011 disasters prompt initiative for a ‘weather ready’ nation
(The New Ice Age…On The Way…)
August 18, 2011
The 2011 hurricane season is just heating up, and already the U.S.has experienced nine separate disasters, each with a price tag of $1 billion or more, tying the record set in 2008.
Since 1980, the number of weather-related disasters in the United States that totaled $1 billion plus in damages stands at 108, for a combined total of three-quarters of $1 trillion, according to NOAA records.
Over the last few years, regardless of views on the global warmng issue, it has become increasingly evident that, as Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel recently put it “100-year weather events” are happening with frightening frequency,
The Director of NOAA’s National Weather Service, Jack Hayes argues that severe weather events are a very real threat to public safety.
“Severe weather requires additional robust action” said Hayes. “The increasing impacts of natural disasters, as seen this year, are a stark reminder of the lives and livelihoods at risk.”
In 2011, natural disisters have cost the United States a total of $35 billion so far, and there are four and a half months left in the year – including most of the hurricane season.
The state of Illinois had a front row seat to its’ share of weather related disasters, including unusual events within the city of Chicago. The city’s new Mayor said now is the time to usher in a new “culture of planning, coordination and teamwork.”