A SES – State Emergency Service Member shares thoughts on Emergency and Disaster preparedness:
I am a member of my States Emergency Services and we are the “Hazard Leader and Control Agency for extreme weather events”. This includes Heat Waves, Storm events and Flooding. On top of this in rural areas we do road crash rescue and we are trained to assist police in search and rescue.
Being a member of such a service has made me very aware of just how fast disaster can strike and with very little advance warning. When not out on calls we spend our time training and also helping to make our local communities disaster prepared and that my friends is a harder job than you think. People it seems in Australia are very laid back, the old “she’ll be right mate” attitude makes for a great lifestyle but it does not cut the mustard when the proverbial is “hitting the fan”.
This article is my attempt to help make people disaster ready, not just in my field of natural hazards and extreme weather events either. We will also look at the more long term and more devastating disasters that are man made.
It is my aim to help you get your house in order so that in the first fortnight of any natural or man made disaster you are able to have access to water, food,shelter and information.
Life is full of surprised and we can face them with more confidence if we do a little preparing.
Solar Flares and Geomagnetic Pulse updates – Be prepared
“Chizhevsky Super Event” – massive solar storms predicted are you ready?
A large Coronal hole and the return of numerous sun spots is making the sun a very interesting spectacle at present we could be in for some great solar storms this month.
Update from Space Weather ” REVISED FORECAST: The CME launched toward Earth by yesterday’s X-flare is moving faster than originally thought. Analysts at the Goddard Space Weather Lab have revised their forecast accordingly, advancing the cloud’s expected arrival time to 09:17 UT (5:17 am EDT) on Saturday, July 14th. Weekend auroras are likely.”
Global warming has more links to the suns activity than the politically correct global warming advocates would like you to know. Our Sun is fast approaching solar maximum and it is going to mean havoc. Learn about Chizhevsky Super Event – google it now. Then be prepared.
Asteroid And Meteor Mapping – How Many Do We Miss?
Asteroid 2012 EG5 will make it’s first close path to Earth on April 1 2012. This comet is said to be approximately 60 – 65 meteres and isit is expecrted to be as close as 0.65 of the Lunar distance. This means it comes closer to Earth than the moon but not as close as our Satellites. This asteroid on April fools day was not a big threat and passed harmlessly by.
Most asteroids and meteors that we know of are far enough away to not pose a threat to our planet however it is the one’s we don’t see coming that give us some concern.
Whilst we have many satellites and quite a few space telescopes coupled with earth based systems we should not get complacent. After many months of perusing the Space Weather site I have discovered that we often detect new threats only weeks before they arrive and while most are small and would break up during entry we never know just when a big one will appear.
Detecting asteroids and meteors is not always easy. Outer space is a big place and meteors and asteroids cannot often be seen unless they reflect light back to us. Yes we do have new technology that can detect dark objects but you need to be looking at just the right place at the right time to see these objects, which in the scheme of things are not that large.
I personally don’t worry much about an asteroid attack as there are more pressing dangers on earth but I always keep an eye on the chart at Space Weather as they let us know when we are passing through asteroid belts and then I know when to get out side to see the show. So far I have witnessed three interesting meteors one of which gave a lovely green burn as it passed overhead.
At present (16th June) there are 1311 potentially hazardous asteroids listed and many of them only recently discovered. As of 28th June there are 1319 asteroids that is 8 more asteroids discovered in less than two weeks. As of July 20th there are now1322 potentially dangerous asteroids.