Lollapalooza Nails It

August 06, 2012

For those not in the know... Lollapalooza is huge. Every year, thousands of people descend on Chicago to take in some of the music industry's biggest acts. This past weekend a record 270,000 peopled showed up to see the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Black Sabbath and Jack White perform.

I know that music can be a divisive issue, so I would never be so bold as to say that the Lollapalooza organizers "nailed" the line-ups. What I am confident in saying is that Lollapalooza absolutely nailed the implementation of their

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Lightning Strike Kills Two Soccer Players

July 16, 2012

Two soccer players in Houston were killed yesterday and another was injured after lightning struck a tree they were taking cover under. According to early reports, a soccer match was postponed because of an incoming storm so all of the players took cover under nearby trees.

On the same day in Canada a lightning strike injured 17 people at a festival. No body was seriously injured, but several people reported severe

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Lessons Learned from the Duluth Flood [Photos]

June 21, 2012

I've called Duluth, Minnesota "home" for the last two years. In that time I've experienced a burst water pipe, fallen tree branches and a lot of snow. In 1994, I made it through the 6.7 magnitude earthquake in Northridge, California, despite living just a few miles from the epicenter. In 2010, I witnessed first-hand the force of the floods that devastated Nashville, Tennessee and dumped more than five feet of water on my mom's home. And for the last four years I've worked for an insurance company that's

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Emergency Warnings to Catch Up with Technology

May 15, 2012

"This is a test of the Emergency Broadcast System."

Who hasn't heard that warning rattle through their radio? Or their TV?

We've all heard it at some point. But for people like me who almost never listen to the radio and prefer to skip through commercials by watching digitally recorded TV, you might struggle trying to remember the last time you heard or saw a legitimate storm warning or other notable

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The Luckiest Driver You've Ever Seen

April 16, 2012

Exactly one month ago we shared a video of the most shocking car crash you'll ever see. In that short amount of time it has become one of the most viewed posts ever on Culture of Safety.

If the carnage displayed in that 30 second clip showed us anything, it was just how devastating things can be in a worst case scenario. The setting for this new clip is similar in almost every way; the only difference is

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Two Kids Die in Frigid Lake

April 13, 2012

Brothers Jacob (2) and Zech (6) both died of hypothermia last week after the sail boat they were in capsized in the middle of Clearwater Lake in northern Minnesota. The boys were accompanied by their 8-year-old brother and their father. All four were wearing life jackets.

According to the boys' father, the boat capsized after a strong gust of wind struck the sails. He reportedly tried pulling all three boys to shore, but strong currents made that impossible. Instead, he left the boys in

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Record Temps Aren't Always Fun in the Sun

April 11, 2012

You could just feel that March 2012 was warmer than usual. Well, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released a report on Monday that proves it. And the data is shocking.

The following graphic shows the difference from the average temperature for the contiguous United States. The entire Midwest experienced March temperatures

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There is Nothing Wrong with Being Lucky

January 19, 2012

Sometimes it helps to be lucky.

I left to run a quick errand last night in the middle of a wind storm. When I pulled back into my driveway I was shocked to see that a huge tree branch had fallen right where my car would have been parked. In the photo below you can still clearly see where my car

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5 Avoidable Deaths at the Indiana State Fair

August 16, 2011

A large concert stage collapsed under the pressure of 70mph winds at the Indiana State Fair this past Saturday. Reports have indicated that at least five people have died and dozens more have been injured. According to a TIME Magazine article on the tragic events, AccuWeather had issued a warning of high wind gusts more than 15 minutes before the stage collapsed.

Fifteen minutes almost definitely would have been enough time to clear the concert area of the 12,000+ people waiting for the concert to begin. If organizers did, in fact, receive warnings from the National Weather Service or AccuWeather, they would have been forced to make a difficult decision. They could either

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Counselor Training Prevents Tornado Disaster

June 10, 2011

Tornadoes have been dominating the news as of late... and for good reason. According to data from the National Weather Service, more than 500 people have been killed by tornadoes in 13 different states already this year. Before-and-after photos from Joplin, Missouri show the unimaginable power of a tornado.

With so many sad stories so far in this storm season, we're happy to share a tornado story from one of our customers that ended with a group of

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