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Emergency Preparations


Biloxi, Mississippi - 2005

‘Tis the season.  Spring tornadoes are nearly over, and hurricane season is upon us.  It’s easy to blow off (sorry) the idea of survival kits, preparedness and so forth — especially if you’re a young person or immigrant from northern climes who has never experienced a big storm.  Mistake.  Ask anyone along the Gulf or Southeastern US coasts.  The Boy Scouts have it right: Be Prepared.

You folks living inland have nothing to feel smug about, either.  Ask anyone along the Mississippi and its tributaries.  Ask anyone in Northeastern Japan, Kansas, Missouri and points east.  Ask yourself, once you have your head out of the sand and the sand out of your head.

Read the disaster preparedness pages of the CDC.  You’ll still probably not do anything, but it will give you something to feel guilty about.  Hopefully now, not later.

Emergency Preparedness and Response

Invasive Lionfish Now Found From Bahamas to New England


Red Lionfish

More than 30 species of non-native marine fishes have been sighted off the coast of Florida alone, but until now none of these have demonstrated the ability to survive, reproduce, and spread successfully.

“We’ve observed sightings of numerous non-native species, but the extent and speed with which lionfish have spread has been unprecedented,” Schofield said. “Lionfishes pretty much blanketed the Caribbean in three short years.”

 

via Invasive Lionfish Now Found From Bahamas to New England.

They sort of neglected to mention in the article that the Lionfish’s dorsal spines are venomous and that, while not usually fatal, envenoming is extremely painful and can cause headaches, nausea and occasionally problems breathing. Just sayin’…

Human Bones Found in Florida Yard Date Back 2,400 Years


Layout of crime scene in yard where bones were found.

When a woman digging in her yard on the Florida Keys last fall turned up a jawbone and part of a human skull, detectives immediately could tell the bones had been there a while — “possibly as long as 75 years,” the sheriff’s office said at the time.  Now the Monroe County Medical Examiner’s office says the results of radiocarbon dating tests are in and the bones are much older — about 2,400 years — placing them in the time period of 200-440 B.C.

via Human Bones Found in Florida Yard Date Back 2,400 Years.