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Are we prepared? Disasters prove more costly as people move into storm-prone areas
The United States has more than doubled in population since 1950. Fifty-three percent of Americans now live in the 17 percent of counties sitting on a coast. Development is happening in vulnerable places.
MAP: What disaster conditions are you at risk for?
See which areas of the United States are likely to be impacted by disaster conditions including, hurricanes and tornadoes.
QUIZ: Are you ready? Test your emergency prep knowledge
Are you disaster-ready? See how much you know about disaster preparedness with this quiz.
Tips for preparing for a natural disaster
Being disaster-ready includes preparing your family and home for potential emergencies that could occur in your area.
Weather warnings now issue from your pocket
Keith Stammer, director of emergency management in Joplin, Mo., suggests people have back-up systems for their back-up systems when it comes to weather warnings. The layers of alerts should include mobile apps and text alerts that indicate when storms are approaching, he says.
Everybody talks about the weather, but it's not easy to predict
Large temperature variations from year to year have significant implications, most obviously for farmers and gardeners but also for utility companies estimating energy use, city managers budgeting for snow and sports teams worrying about scheduling. Are we getting any better at predicting the weather weeks or months in advance?
Are the world's great cities ready for rising waters and freak storms?
The list of metropoles threatened by rising seas and freak storms is alarmingly long, if (from a U.S. viewpoint) reassuringly international.
High school students not getting enough sleep
Adolescents may have a reputation for sleeping excessively, but a new study shows that nearly none of America’s high school students receives adequate sleep – a potentially dangerous trend.
Basic precautions can prevent germ-fest when school begins
New shoes, new friends, new germs. It's a rite of passage from summer to fall that your kids have to fight every year. The back-to-school sniffles affect seemingly every child, as little mouths, hands and noses provide excellent breeding grounds and points of exchange. Since the children can't be trusted to look after their own hygiene, it's up to you, parents, to do it for them.
Back-to-school spending grows as parents restock, replenish
With more children entering elementary and middle school this fall and after cutting back their spending last year, parents with growing kids will hit the stores to replace and replenish what their children might have had to “make-do” with last school season.
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