El Nino: Get Ready for “All Kinds of Mayhem”

   10.22.15

El Nino: Get Ready for “All Kinds of Mayhem”

Just a friendly PSA from one Kevin Trenberth, distinguished senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado.

Expect “major disruptions, widespread droughts and floods,” Kevin Trenberth, distinguished senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado. In principle, with advance warning, El Nino can be managed and prepared for, “but without that knowledge, all kinds of mayhem will let loose.”

…The last time there was an El Nino of similar magnitude to the current one, the record-setting event of 1997-1998, floods, fires, droughts and other calamities killed at least 30,000 people and caused $100 billion in damage, Trenberth estimates. Another powerful El Nino, in 1918-19, sank India into a brutal drought and probably contributed to the global flu pandemic, according to a study by the Climate Program Office of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Floods, fires, droughts, outages, possibility of pandemic disease. There’s never been a better time to check your preps. Seriously, make sure that you’ve got the basics covered: water, food, fire, shelter, light, first aid/medicine/hygiene, and an escape plan in place.

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