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Flood Protection and Above the Shoulders PPE

Flooding. It seems to be a more regular occurrence. But does the meteorological record back that up? Each of the 1982, 1993, and 2015–16 floods resulted in eight peaks of record among the selected stations included in this study, whereas the 2017 flood resulted in 21 peaks of record. By the numbers, drought ($236.6 billion, CPI-adjusted), severe storms ($206.1 billion,

Hurricanes: Be Prepared with Your Respiratory Protection Ahead of Time

How active a hurricane season is fluctuates based on weather patterns and other factors, but 2017 was one for the record books. “Seventeen named storms swirled to life, including 10 hurricanes in a row…There were three Category 4 US landfalls in a period of 26 days: Harvey, Irma and Maria. For context, [prior to those three] the previous three occurred

Volcanoes: Protecting Yourself from Ash, Gases and Other Hazards

While volcanic eruptions are rare, the impact can be severe not just on everything it touches, but on the people living near the volcano. Depending on the type of volcano, and the force of the eruption, a variety of hazards may be present. These hazards can include mudflows and flashfloods, landslides and rockfalls, earthquakes, lava flow, falling ash and the

After the Earthquake: Personal Protective Equipment for Cleanup

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The shaking, the swaying, things falling and there is nowhere to go. It happens without warning and it often affects large areas. There are few natural disasters more devastating in terms of potential loss of human life and property damage than earthquakes. Moreover, after the shock wears off, an earthquake’s aftermath presents serious hazardous conditions to both

Protecting Yourself from Mold During Hurricane Cleanup

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Cleaning up from a hurricane is often a long and painful process. The effects can continue long after the storm is gone. One of those hazards that can continue to grow and affect structures as well as your health is mold. Mold can often result from the flooding and standing water that is part of the wretched

Selecting the Right Personal Protective Equipment for Wildfire Cleanup

ST. PAUL, Minn. — As wildfires continue to rage throughout Canada and the United States, it is important that workers protect themselves once the fire has been fully extinguished. Proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE) in the aftermath of a wildfire is a critical component in the safe cleanup of fire debris. Selecting the correct items of PPE depends on

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