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National Aeronautics and Space Administrationwww.nasa.gov/vision/earth/lookingatearth/hurricane_2005.html
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has launched this web page highlighting their hurricane research. The page is a compilation of data from various satellites and computer models, and it explains why and how NASA investigates hurricanes.
Pacific Disaster Centerwww.pdc.org/perspectives/2004_hurricanes.pdf
The Pacific Disaster Center has released 2004 – Year of the Storms or Typical Storm Year? A Warning Worth Heeding as part of its Perspectives publications series.
The Hong Kong Observatory developed and operates these sites on worldwide official weather forecasts and warnings, the World Weather Information Service and the Severe Weather Information Centre, on behalf of the World Meteorological Organization.
NWS Strategic Plan for 2005-2010www.weather.gov/sp/nws_strategic_plan_01-03-05.pdf
The National Weather Service’s (NWS) “NWS Strategic Plan for 2005-2010: Working Together to Save Lives” is available here.
Fatalities, injuries, and damages caused by weather related hazardswww.nws.noaa.gov/om/hazstats.shtml
The final statistics on fatalities, injuries, and damages caused by weather related hazards in the US for 2004 are available from this National Weather Service Office of Climate, Weather, and Water Services web page.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrationwww.nws.noaa.gov/om/heat/
This heat safety web page from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration provides information about what actions to take to protect oneself, family, pets, and property against excessive heat and drought.
US Senate Commerce Committee’s Disaster Prevention and Prediction Subcommitteehttp://commerce.senate.gov/hearings/witnesslist.cfm?id=1564
On June 29, the US Senate Commerce Committee’s Disaster Prevention and Prediction Subcommittee held a hearing on how effective the National Weather Service is at predicting the impact of severe storms and what can be done to increase their accuracy. Testimonies included commentaries on how communities and individuals can improve the resistance of built infrastructure to natural disasters triggered by severe storms. Prepared panelist testimonies and a video of the hearing are available here.
Centers for Disease Control and Preventionwww.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5425a2.htm
The July 1, 2005, issue of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report features this article, “Heat Related Mortality – Arizona, 1993-2002, and US, 1972-2003.” Findings indicate that during the period from 1993 to 2002 the incidence of heat related deaths was three to seven times greater in Arizona than in the US overall.