Saturday, January 28, 2012

Could you survive an extreme weather disaster?

(CNN) -- Ranee Roberts feels lucky to have survived the impact of a tornado that hit her Alabama convenience store in April.
"Before the twister hit, I sent a last text to say 'I love you' to my best friend, and then the building began to come apart around me," said the 34-year-old from Henagar.
Roberts said she knew only about two minutes before impact that the twister was heading toward her store. The tornado was rated an EF-4, with estimated winds peaking at 175 mph.
"There was no time for preparations, only prayer," she said. "I felt utterly hopeless thinking I might be spending my last moments on Earth curled up on the stockroom floor." Read More

[This is an amazing food storage and preparedness website. These two young mothers have a depth of knowledge, and if you want to explore preparedness, start here: Food Storage Made Easy]

Earthquake in Illinois? It can happen
More than 200 years ago, a series of major earthquakes struck the Mississippi River Valley along the New Madrid Seismic Zone. Recent events remind us that damaging earthquakes can happen at any time.
With more than 40 million people living and working in the region today, a major earthquake would cause widespread damage and disruption. The New Madrid Seismic Zone stretches 150 miles southwest from Cairo, Illinois through New Madrid, Missouri into Northeastern Arkansas, crossing through five states. Read More

The Great Central US ShakeOut: On February 7, 2012, at 10:15 a.m.* CST, more than one million people across nine states will participate in the 2012. Great Central U.S. ShakeOut!