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By idaflo | May 7th, 2010 | No Comments » 

As a child, we always subscribed to Popular Mechanics, a tradition that my husband and I have continued.  There is so much more than news about machines and such there; the articles are helpful, sometimes funny, and always cutting edge, even in this era of instant internet global accessibility to “mechanical”  information – something that has driven other pen-on-paper publications out of business.

Popular Mechanics doesn’t just report news, they MAKE news.

By John Galvin

….What You Can You Do If You’re Hit By a 500-Year Flood?

Could lives have been saved in Tennessee? In some cases, undoubtedly, yes, and that’s the case in most flooding events. Knowing when to evacuate is critical. It sounds mundane, but if you’re warned to evacuate by local authorities, do it. The most easy and straightforward way to find out is to turn on the TV or listen to your radio (battery-powered, ideally, in case the power goes out). It doesn’t have to be a fancy weather-band radio either. People who have survived weather disasters often report that their local news was more valuable and more current than the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather band. It makes sense. Your local newscasters get up-to-the-minute weather warnings from NOAA, but they supplement it with on-the-ground reports and warnings from local emergency authorities….(article continues here)

cars in flood water in nashville tennessee

State vehicles are stranded in a parking lot in Nashville, Tennessee. More than 13 inches of rain fell over two days. (Photo by Rusty Russell/Getty Images)

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