It’s that time of year! The upper Midwest has been blasted with heavy snow, freezing temperatures, and howling winds, by Astro, the first named winter storm of the 2014-2015 season. According to the Weather Channel, “The highest snowfall totals so far were in the towns of St. Augusta and Cambridge, where at least 16.5 inches of snow were recorded. St. Cloud saw at least 13 inches, making Monday the snowiest day there in 49 years.” And if by chance you missed it, back in October, the Farmer’s Almanac shared their prediction that “the winter of 2014–15 will see below-normal temperatures for about three-quarters of the nation,” as well as “copious amounts of snow and rain for the eastern third of the country.”
Summer is over and the Labor Day celebrations that marked the end of summer should also serve as the kickoff to National Preparedness Month. Although the program has been in effect for a decade, President Obama only recently recognized the month of September as the time to make sure we are prepared for natural disasters, whether that means hurricane, flood, fire, tornado, earthquake, wildfire, etc. In his 2013 disaster readiness proclamation, the President explained,
Since its founding on September 5th in 1882, Labor Day has traditionally been a celebration to honor the American worker. It has evolved to many things, including the unofficial end of summer; the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon Day; as well as, for many communities, the signal that school is once again in session.