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  • Harvey
  • In 2017 alone, 240 fatalities and losses exceeding $193 billion resulted from 50 inches of rainfall during Hurricane Harvey, up to a 14-foot storm surge during Hurricane Irma, and over 1.3 million scorched acres during the California wildfires (NOAA 2018). (exponent.com)
  • The US Air Force is spraying 6 million acres in Texas with potentially harmful insecticides, as the state tries to rid itself of swarms of mosquitoes nesting in flooded areas after Hurricane Harvey. (rt.com)
  • Hurricane Harvey, which began as a Category 4 storm, dumped more than 40 inches (1,000 mm) of rain on parts of Texas over the course of four days. (rt.com)
  • Hurricane Harvey hit first in Texas on August 25th, followed just 16 days later by Hurricane Irma making landfall in the Florida Keys on September 10th. (microbiologics.com)
  • Professor Kim Anderson, environmental scientist at Oregon State University (OSU) in Corvallis, Oregon, is partnering with investigators at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas to study the exposures of residents in that city to petrochemical toxins in the post-Hurricane Harvey period. (wsws.org)
  • Last month, the Associated Press reported that the US Environmental Protection Agency acknowledged the flooding of all 13 of the Houston-area Superfund sites by Hurricane Harvey, including one of the city's most toxic, the US Oil Recovery site that is brimming with cancer-causing compounds. (wsws.org)
  • Former and retired EPA official Thomas Voltaggio, who supervised Superfund cleanups and emergency responses for 20 years, told AP after reviewing the photos, "It is intuitively obvious that the rains and floods of the magnitude that occurred during Hurricane Harvey would have resulted in some level of contamination having been released to the environment. (wsws.org)
  • Vikram Kapoor , an assistant professor in The University of Texas at San Antonio Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, has been awarded a Rapid Response Research (RAPID) grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to research microbial contaminants in southeast and south central Texas waterways following Hurricane Harvey. (utsa.edu)
  • Our research seeks to understand the extent of wastewater releases during Hurricane Harvey and monitor human exposure to pathogens," Kapoor said. (utsa.edu)
  • The plan is to test our hypothesis that sewage overflows and storm water runoff from Harvey have released high levels of potentially harmful organisms into Texas waterways. (utsa.edu)
  • The release of these contaminants can pose a threat to humans in the areas affected by the storm, as seen by the two cases of bacterial infections that were traced back to the floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey, one of which ended in the death of a 77-year-old Kingwood, Texas woman. (utsa.edu)
  • Hurricane Harvey caused industrial facilities in Texas to release an extra 5.98 million pounds of pollution into the air, according to the most recent analysis by the Environmental Defense Fund: the pollutants benzene and toluene, both carcinogens, as well as a brew of other chemicals that can irritate eyes and exacerbate respiratory problems. (apr.org)
  • One of the many preparations for Hurricane Harvey included EPA, TCEQ, and other monitoring entities temporarily removing approximately 75 percent of the stationary air monitoring equipment from the greater Houston, Corpus Christi, and Beaumont areas. (apr.org)
  • Irma
  • Hurricane Maria, the 15th tropical depression this season, is now battering the Caribbean, just two weeks after Hurricane Irma wreaked havoc in the region. (repeatingislands.com)
  • Across the region, people spend most of their income on daily essentials like food, clean water, shelter, and medicine , with little left over for greeting Irma and Maria with lifesaving hurricane-resilient roofs, storm shutters, solar generators, and first aid kits. (repeatingislands.com)
  • impacts
  • Only Respond provides a comprehensive scientific viewpoint during the storm event when your analysts are under pressure to assess financial impacts and adjust operational response. (aer.com)
  • Pesticide Action Network (PAN) states that long-term impacts of Naled exposure can be serious - particularly for children - as it is a hormone disruptor and a reproductive and developmental toxin. (rt.com)
  • Marine storm surges during the open-water season, which move saltwater into the delta, can have major impacts on terrestrial and aquatic systems. (pnas.org)
  • As sea level rises, the impacts of storm surge flooding in low-lying coastal environments will be exacerbated ( 9 ). (pnas.org)
  • The Hawaii State Department of Labor & Industrial Relations' Occupational Safety and Health Division (HIOSH) has issued a reminder to recovery workers and residents to be aware of potential hazards that storm conditions and storm impacts might create or raise. (ohsonline.com)
  • hazards
  • Compounding this existing exposure to natural hazards, climate change is expected to increase the frequency, intensity, and duration of EWEs. (exponent.com)
  • Such a surveillance program will help CDC and state and local public health officials refine the guidelines for exposure avoidance, personal protection, and clean-up and assist health departments to identify unrecognized hazards. (cdc.gov)
  • Storm recovery work involves a wide range of safety and health hazards, which can be minimized by knowledge, safe work practices and personal protective equipment. (ohsonline.com)
  • suggests
  • This analysis suggests that storms and red tides may exacerbate decreases in economic and demographic data in the year following the storm, but that counties rebound to previous levels after one year. (duke.edu)
  • Traditional knowledge of local indigenous people (the Inuvialuit) suggests an increase in storms that are accompanied by high winds, especially from the east and northwest ( 11 ). (pnas.org)
  • Aftermath
  • In the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake , the Gulf of Mexico oil spill , the Japan tsunami and other disasters, Smiths and other firms are looking at how their products and services - many developed for military use - might be used in emergency response. (mcall.com)
  • FEMA
  • The key facts: After the hurricanes, FEMA activated its Individual and Household Assistance Program and, from September 2005 through May 1, 2009, the agency supplied disaster victims with EHUs, at no cost, to use as temporary shelter. (masstortdefense.com)
  • prenatal
  • Many studies have also linked prenatal exposure to OP pesticides to neurological harms, including increased risk of autism and reduced IQ levels, as it may cross the placenta if it is in the bloodstream of a mammal. (rt.com)
  • cleanup
  • Cleanup work can involve a variety of activities, including demolition, removal of floodwater from structures, cleaning up debris, use of cranes and other heavy equipment, emergency response activities, and hazardous waste operations. (ohsonline.com)
  • disaster
  • A spokeswoman for the California-based company, which has a large presence in Anne Arundel County, said Northrop Grumman doesn't necessarily see disaster response as a growth area, but its products have proved useful in such situations. (mcall.com)
  • Inequality and underdevelopment are perhaps less marked in the rest of the Caribbean, but from Antigua and Barbuda to St. Kitts and Nevis, socioeconomic problems are now complicating both disaster preparedness and response. (repeatingislands.com)
  • President Obama signed major disaster declarations for Louisiana and Mississippi on Aug. 29 as Isaac, a hurricane now downgraded to a tropical storm, moved slowly to the northwest across Louisiana. (ohsonline.com)
  • 1999
  • fruticosa ) and diatoms preserved in dated lake sediment cores to show that a recent marine storm surge in 1999 caused widespread ecological changes across a broad extent of the outer Mackenzie Delta. (pnas.org)
  • increases
  • We find that exposure to a hurricane during pregnancy increases the probability of complications of labor and delivery, and of abnormal conditions of the newborn such as being on a ventilator more than 30 minutes and meconium aspiration syndrome. (nber.org)
  • contingency
  • The American Society of Safety Engineers advice concerns crisis management and the importance of having an emergency plan in place when a contingency situation, such as a hurricane, happens at work, at home, or in a community. (ohsonline.com)
  • Florida
  • The company recently signed a contract for the devices to be used by the National Guard in hurricane-prone Florida. (mcall.com)
  • Red tides and hurricanes place the growing population of Florida at greater risk for structural damage and economic downturns following hazard events. (duke.edu)
  • climate change
  • We propose that the strong latitudinal clines within and between P. australis lineages can be a useful tool for predicting plant responses to climate change in general and present a conceptual framework for using P. australis lineages to predict plant responses to global change and its consequences. (frontiersin.org)
  • residents
  • Public Health would be responsible for dispensing antibiotics within 72 hours of exposure and would need volunteers to help dispense antibiotics from designated medication centers to exposed residents. (ok.gov)
  • Monitors are showing that air quality at this time is not concerning and local residents should not be concerned about air quality issues related to the effects of the storm. (apr.org)
  • assets
  • In particular, extreme tropical cyclones pose challenges when assessing the future value of investments, evaluating the exposure of existing assets, and developing informed business strategies. (exponent.com)
  • Increasing assets and a booming population clustered around tropical storm hotspots in the face of intensifying storm activity means the potential for larger windstorm losses across Asia continues to increase," Allianz said in the report. (businessinsurance.com)
  • mold
  • Two months after Hurricane Katrina, CDC investigators found mold in the walls of half of the 112 water-damaged homes. (microbiologics.com)
  • This one-time event has been created in response to super-storm Sandy and will train attendees in the cleaning, remediation and restoration of mold damaged properties. (environmental-expert.com)
  • This report provides information on how to limit exposure to mold and how to identify and prevent mold-related health effects. (cdc.gov)
  • 48 hours will generally support visible and extensive mold growth and should be remediated, and excessive exposure to mold-contaminated materials can cause adverse health effects in susceptible persons regardless of the type of mold or the extent of contamination. (cdc.gov)
  • In North Carolina, a reported increase in persons presenting with asthma symptoms was postulated to be caused by exposure to mold ( 2 ). (cdc.gov)
  • widespread
  • Another example of a type of emergency in which the Medical Reserve corps may assist is when rapid immunizations are needed for a large number of people in the community, such as for a widespread Hepatitis A exposure. (ok.gov)
  • magnitude
  • Determining the frequency and magnitude of storm surges using instrumental tidal records is similarly limited by the spatial and temporal extent of these data ( 10 ). (pnas.org)
  • In the western Canadian Arctic, the frequency and magnitude of storm surge occurrence have been examined using tidal records from Tuktoyaktuk (1961-present) and log debris lines ( 10 ). (pnas.org)
  • While instrumental records and traditional knowledge are important in assessing recent storm surge activity, they provide limited insight into the frequency and magnitude of large-scale storm surge events. (pnas.org)
  • Understanding the frequency and magnitude of past storm surge events is critical to predicting ecosystem changes and managing resource development under changing climatic conditions. (pnas.org)
  • moves
  • Major flooding and more than 700,000 homes and businesses without power remained as Tropical Storm Isaac slowly moves north over Louisiana. (ohsonline.com)
  • consequences
  • The following summarizes some types of EWEs, their potential consequences for businesses, and steps for taking a proactive response. (exponent.com)
  • Although the short-term mental health consequences of Hurricane Andrew have been documented, the study of sociology doctoral student and lead author David Russell and professors John Taylor and Donald Lloyd of adolescents is the first to show that it had long-term effects on mental health. (medica-tradefair.com)
  • Orleans
  • After both storms, levees were breached, leading to massive flooding in New Orleans and surrounding parishes. (cdc.gov)
  • wildfires
  • While catastrophes such as the Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004, Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the wildfires now ravaging the Southwest have riveted attention, weather researchers say disasters aren't necessarily on the rise. (mcall.com)
  • events
  • These extreme events have historically accounted for 48% of hurricane-related losses in the United States (Bender et al. (exponent.com)
  • Observations of agricultural performance after extreme climatic events (hurricanes and droughts) in the last two decades have revealed that resiliency to climate disasters is closely linked to farms with increased levels of biodiversity. (springer.com)
  • It is also possible that effective government policies enhancing and protecting social and economic resilience can be addressed through public polices over time in response to hazard events, contributing to the increased resilience of coastal communities. (duke.edu)
  • fruticosa ) and high-resolution, contiguously sampled subfossil diatom records from radiometrically dated lake sediment cores to provide compelling insights into the importance of past storm surge events during the last ∼1,000 y in the outer Mackenzie Delta, Northwest Territories, Canada. (pnas.org)
  • We found that people who experienced prior stressful events and who had pre-existing symptoms of psychological distress were more adversely affected by exposure to hurricane-related stressful events," Russell said. (medica-tradefair.com)
  • workers
  • But devices that started off as the communications lifeline for troops in Iraq now are used by aid workers in hurricanes and tsunamis. (mcall.com)
  • years
  • It notes that 2013's Typhoon Haiyan is the costliest tropical storm event in Asia in terms of overall losses - $10.5 billion - in the past 35 years. (businessinsurance.com)
  • Decreases in economic data trends were more closely correlated to years of economic recessions, not red tide blooms or major hurricanes years. (duke.edu)
  • The researchers studied data from 975 Miami-Dade County adolescents who lived through Hurricane Andrew to assess psychological distress before, during and five to seven years after the storm. (medica-tradefair.com)
  • Not only did Andrew cause emotional distress immediately following the hurricane, the researchers found that it indirectly affected mental health years later. (medica-tradefair.com)
  • coastal
  • The Scientist 3 position in the Coastal Ecosystems Section (CES) supports research and monitoring projects critical to evaluating response of estuarine ecological conditions to freshwater inflows. (livecareer.com)
  • safely
  • CDC's hurricane readiness tips are posted at www.cdc.gov/Features/HurricanePreparedness/ and include preparing emergency supplies in advance, heeding evacuation orders, how to get through the storm as safely as possible if ordered not to evacuate, and protecting pets. (ohsonline.com)
  • frequency
  • Additional work includes mesocosm studies to fine tune our knowledge of key indicator species' response to the quantity, timing, duration and return frequency of freshwater inflows. (livecareer.com)
  • water
  • The bacteria can enter the water through polluted storm water runoff. (microbiologics.com)
  • The PRP Group reported that subsequent testing of storm water runoff from the affected tanks met federal drinking water standards, but refused the AP requests for copies of the test results, or a list of the chemicals for which tests were conducted. (wsws.org)
  • The greater extent and seasonal duration of open water, coupled with rising sea levels and more variable storm activity, increase the vulnerability of low-lying alluvial environments throughout the Arctic to inundation by marine storm surges. (pnas.org)
  • Many structures remained flooded for weeks after the hurricane and became saturated with water. (cdc.gov)
  • extent
  • Arctic coastlines are especially vulnerable ( 2 ) due to sea level rise ( 3 ), reductions in sea ice extent and duration ( 4 - 6 ), and increasingly variable storm activity ( 7 , 8 ). (pnas.org)
  • strategies
  • Communications firms are building portable satellite systems that can be used when traditional phone lines fail and helping to develop social networking strategies to alert people of looming storms. (mcall.com)
  • Evidence is included about assessing exposure, clean-up and prevention, personal protective equipment, health effects, and public health strategies and recommendations. (cdc.gov)
  • officials
  • Air monitors scattered across the region were taken out of service, to protect them from storm damage, officials say. (apr.org)
  • made
  • The storm, which made landfall in Texas in late August, caused unprecedented damage to wastewater infrastructure in the affected areas. (utsa.edu)
  • high
  • Naled, a neurotoxin sold under the brand name Dibrom, works by killing an enzyme in insects and leads to overstimulating the nervous system, causing nausea, dizziness and confusion and at high exposure, respiratory paralysis and death. (rt.com)