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The challenges posed by the virus and evacuation centers in Japan could be instructive for other places. For example, some evacuees are choosing to remain in their cars rather than go to a shelter and risk catching the virus. But the government has asked the car-bound evacuees to register with an evacuation center so that they can be accounted for, and have been instructed on how to avoid developing blood clots from staying in the same position for a long time. And evacuees are also having their temperatures taken and any showing symptoms are being sent to another center where they can self-isolate. The government had also been warning residents since June (it is the rainy season in Japan) to make evacuation plans that involve evacuating to a family or friend’s home rather than to a shelter if possible to reduce the risk of infection. One other action that will be launched by the Japanese government in August is to stand up an emergency website where citizens can post photos and video clips taken on their smartphones in times of major disasters, so that first responders and other authorities can better respond. The government will ask citizens to post images of things such as damaged roads, collapsed buildings, and landslides on the website, which will only work when activated at the time of a major disaster.
The first major wildfire of the season has struck Southern California forcing thousands of residents to evacuate during a time where the COVID-19 pandemic has made evacuation shelters a dangerous place where the virus can spread. As AP reported, the Apple Fire in Riverside County, among several wildfires across California, had consumed more than 41 […]
The month of July was a scorcher along the Eastern Seaboard. Throughout the month, heat advisories and excessive heat warnings were in effect along the I-95 corridor, and in Washington D.C., July saw the most 90-degree days of any month on record and was the first month to never fall below 71 degrees since record-keeping […]
Tropical Storm Isaias is slowly moving up the Eastern seaboard today, with its biggest risk for damage now in the Carolinas, as the storm remained offshore of Florida causing flooding due to storm surge rather than wind damage. It will be a very wet few days for the East Coast with heavy rains and storm surge, and inland flooding all the way up to New England.
Why This Matters: A new study out last week found what we are seeing play out with Tropical Storm Isaias.
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