High Heat and Drought Are Serious Threats

Two new articles in the past few days highlight the heat and drought threats.

Disasters: Forget blizzards and hurricanes, heat waves are deadliest

Tornadoes, blizzards, and hurricanes get most of our attention because their destructive power makes for imagery the media cannot ignore; for sheer killing power, however, heat waves do in far more people than even the most devastating hurricane; Hurricane Katrina and its floods, which devastated New Orleans and the Gulf Coast in 2005, exacted a death toll of 1,836 people; the heat wave which enveloped Europe during the course of three excruciating weeks in August 2003 of that year, killed an estimated 70,000 people

Lately a lot of people have been comparing the current U.S. drought situation to the Dust Bowl, which occurred in the 1930s. . For a full account of that disaster see  chapter 3  of  “Emergency Management; the American Experience, 1900-2010.”  It is available from The Disaster Bookstore, our sponsor.

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