Rapid Implementation COVID-19 Solutions Available

El Niño, El Desastre: Part 2- UPDATED

Oct 6, 2015

Back to Veoci BlogEl Niño, El Desastre: Part 2- UPDATED

El Niño 2015- a graph that says it all: be prepared.

*The Oceanic Niño Index (ONI) is based on current year three month running mean of Sea Surface Temperature (SST) departures from average in the Niño 3.4 region, and is a principal measure for monitoring patterns in order to predict El Niño/Southern Oscillation (ENSO). As the graph clearly shows, this year's El Niño looks like it will be just as bad as its predecessors - if not worse. Let's take a look at the past big El Niño phenomena:

  • 1997-98: Severe weather events included flooding in the southeast, an ice storm in the northeast, flooding in California, and tornadoes in Florida- resulting in a total U.S./Canada death toll of 56. Flooding in California alone is estimated to have resulted in $550 million in damage for the state along with 17 storm-related deaths; 35 counties were declared federal disaster areas.
  • 1982: Droughts and fires in Australia, Southern Africa, Central America, Indonesia, the Philippines, South America and India along with floods in the U.S., Gulf of Mexico, Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia and Cuba and more hurricanes than usual in Hawaii and Tahiti resulted in the loss of nearly 2,000 lives and displacement of hundreds of thousands from their homes.
  • 1972:  The ocean warming caused a serious drop in the cold-water fish catch which took years to recover- the Peruvian fishing industry experienced the worst crisis since the early 1950's as the anchovy stocks declined sharply. Only 2.5 million tons were harvested while normal catch was 9.5 million tons, for a virtual collapse of the Peruvian fishing industry. Fishmeal was a major source of feed for livestock and poultry around the world. With this collapse, nations had to find other, more expensive sources of feed, causing world meat prices to rise.

The scientists and forecasters have spoken and the data is clear, a severe storm is coming. Emergency managers and public safety officials are gearing up to ensure that they are ready to respond to the storms, flooding, and droughts that El Niño 2015 augurs. **Data is from NOAA - National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center.

Subscribe to the Veoci Blog

Receive all the latest emergency, crisis, and continuity management news, tips, and advice

Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.

Related Posts

Being Prepared for Joint Commission and Disasters

The Joint Commission helps ensure hospitals meet certain preparedness standards through an accreditation program. The commission’s surveyor will score the hospital, determining if they receive the stamp fo approval. Inspections are random, however, compounding the need for hospitals to always be prepared for disasters (and a Joint Commission surveyor by extension).

Continue reading
Mardi Gras Emergency Management: Maintaining Safety Amidst Celebration

Roughly 1.4 million people gather in the streets of New Orleans every year to partake in the Mardi Gras festivities. And while it's a culturally rich event, the nature of the celebration makes it easy to see how things could go wrong. The emergency management department and first responders in New Orleans have to be well prepared for Carnival season. 

Continue reading
A Whole Community Approach to Emergency Management

Think of all the departments and organizations you have operating within your jurisdiction. Currently, each organization is likely functioning independently, with brief communication crossovers with other departments when necessary. But what if you could bring all of these entities under a single umbrella?

Continue reading

Connect with us on Social Media

Join us on our journey to improve emergency, operations, and continuity management!

Veoci Facebook PageVeoci Twitter AccountVeoci Linkedin Company Page

Face crisis and continuity challenges with expert solutions designed for you and your teams.

Learn how Veoci puts you in control