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“Erica Brown called 911 for two days before a helicopter finally spotted her, trapped in her Houston home with her 7-month-old son and three other children. Sometimes when she called, she got nothing, just a busy signal, and a disconnection. Multiple times she was told that they'd try to send help. Hours would go by with no rescue,” writes Rebecca Hersher in her recent NPR article entitled “You Only Get One Life In This World': Voices From Houston's Convention Center.”

According to Hersher’s article, “The family spent two nights in their trailer watching the floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey rise up the foundation. ‘It was a hard feeling because I thought me and my kids were going to lose our life in this hurricane disaster."

“On Tuesday around 11 a.m., a rescue team finally came,” Hersher writes.

"The helicopter came over my house, and I heard him, and he saw me waving the white shirt. And he came on down, and he got us in the basket and pulled us up. They had to go two-by-two in the basket. She sent her two oldest girls, a third-grader and a first-grader, up first with a small suitcase of clothes,” says Brown, 29, in the NPR piece.

Hersher continues, “When the basket came back down, she lifted her kindergartner in ahead of her and then carried her infant son. It was still raining.”

“Brown and her family are now among the estimated 9,000 people at the downtown George R. Brown Convention Center, where officials said they had been expecting about 5,000. Outside on Tuesday, the scene is chaotic, with police, Red Cross volunteers and National Guard members patting people down, directing traffic and trying to help new arrivals and people dropping off donations,” according to the article.

It’s a great feeling to learn of proactive operations like George R. Brown Convention Center taking action to help those in need.

But, before we continue we’d like to share this message:

Each and every one of us at ISS 24/7 would like to extend our prayers and condolences to the families affected by Hurricane Harvey, and the relatives of the victims taken by this ongoing disaster.

“Rush hour in Big Sur, Calif. has taken on a whole new meaning,” writes Kirk Siegler in his latest NPR article entitled “Commuting By Foot: Big Sur Residents Struggle With Life After Mudslide.”

We could quickly tell this was weather related – something you can relate to, right?

According to Siegler’s article, “Most mornings and afternoons, a newly built footpath that plunges through a grove of towering redwoods is clogged with workers and school kids.”

“That hiking trail is a lifeline. It circumnavigates a bridge on the Pacific Coast Highway that's been closed since February, after it collapsed from rain and mudslides. Without that path, much of the village of Big Sur would be cut off from the outside world,” the article continues.

This statement hit us hard and got us thinking about the effects of weather. It can have a great impact on states, cities, towns, and certainly your property.

Siegler writes in his NPR piece that “a 60-mile stretch of rugged, central California coastline between San Francisco and Los Angeles, Big Sur was hammered by 100 inches of rain this past winter, falling on steep mountainsides ravaged by drought and fires.”

100 inches of rain? We could only imagine the consequential damage.

It makes us nervous, especially with the potential damage adverse weather could do if it slams your city and property.

What would you do? How would you manage this emergency? Do you have processes in place to mitigate this?

Are you StormReady like one of our proactive clients, the Nashville Predators?

Most emergency planning prepares you for severe threats to your property.

You run through real-life scenarios for active shooters and bomb threats regularly.

But, there’s one vital piece of your emergency planning that’s much harder to anticipate and avoid.

Do you know what that is? Adverse weather.

Mother Nature’s level of impact is unpredictable and something you’ll never be able to prevent.

But, you can ready yourself. You can prepare your property and team for what’s inevitably coming your way – sooner or later.

You need to create procedures for adverse weather just like any other emergency situation. Do you have anything currently in place?

Once you get your procedures developed and then fortified for efficiency, you must leverage a solution to ensure emergency communication is flawless.

To ensure you have adequate procedures for adverse weather preparation and management, we created an infographic.

“Multiple destructive storm systems damaged property and killed at least 19 people over the weekend, and continued to batter much of the U.S. with rain, snow and wind today,” writes Rebecca Hersher in her latest NPR article, “Destructive Storms Soak, Batter And Bury Communities Around The Country.”

Hersher confirms that “All 19 reported deaths were in the South, where apparent tornadoes ripped through towns over the weekend, damaging and destroying buildings in multiple states.”

"Trailers are just flat, just laid on top of people," Debbie Van Brackel, a volunteer EMT in Adel, Ga., told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Sunday. "You need a bulldozer to pull it off. Trailers are upside down."

According to Hersher’s NPR article, “The newspaper reported that 15 people died in the southern part of the state, including seven people in a mobile home community in Adel and four people in the town of Albany, Ga.” Click here to read more.

Each and every one of us at ISS 24/7 would like to extend our prayers and condolences to the families affected by these destructive storms, and the relatives of the victims taken by these disasters.

Patrick Marsh of the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., told The Associated Press that “39 possible tornadoes were reported in the Southeast over the weekend. Of those, most were reported in Georgia,” Hersher continues.

The destruction did not stop there. Please read Hersher’s article to see how these destructive storms significantly impacted various parts of the United States this week.

These tragedies highlight the importance of preparing your property for unexpected adverse weather that could “batter and bury” your operation.

The outcome can change quickly, and you must be ready for what’s coming.

Lives are at stake.

“It is summertime,” you shout to your team across the room.

They respond with blank stares. You’re telling them something they already know.

The majority of your team is from the area, so they know what type of weather to expect this time of year.

Today’s no different than any other summer morning meeting. You run through tonight’s event, review the weather forecast, and send your team off to the races.

“Expect some rain today,” Luke, your operations manager yells as everyone disperses into the building.

Luke rushes over to you following the meeting.

“I’m going to get some sandbags together in case the rain gets out of hand today,” he tells you as he takes another sip of his coffee.

“We should be all right today,” you respond. “But, go ahead. Ask Matt and his security team to give you a hand,” he continues.

45 minutes into the event, you hear the crack of lighting, followed by heavy thunder that shakes the building. The rain begins hitting the metal roof of your offices.

Emily Attwood, Editor of Athletic Business, made a notable statement in her recent article “Preparing for Weather-Related Stadium Evacuation.”

Her point is clear, and we believe, the best way to start this article as well:

“Risks at sporting events such as active shooters, bomb threats and fan violence can all be lessened through proper security measures, ensuring a safer sporting event. However, another essential component of emergency action planning — severe weather — is harder to avoid.”

It’s true…

When it comes to adverse weather you spend more time mitigating than preventing. That’s not peace of mind.

Unfortunately, no one has control of the weather. Nevertheless, you can control its effects on the safety of your guests.

With the Academy for Venue Safety & Security’s (AVSS) 2016 Severe Weather Preparedness program tomorrow, this topic is timely.