Innovative solutions to prepare you for everyday crisis events.
Established in 2009, the focus for Crisis Management Innovations (CMI) has been to create world class products targeting crisis event management, business continuity and disaster recovery. By leveraging decades of Information Technology experience, along with extensive training and experience in crisis event management and business continuity, we have and are developing a suite of unique and innovative software products, targeting this niche market.
From years of dealing with corporate events to handling and working through natural disasters, we understand the key elements to effectively prepare for and handle crisis events. This inspired us to designing and developing innovative crisis tools.
Tornadoes are the most violent of all atmospheric storms. A tornado is essentially a narrow, vortex of air that extends between the base of a thunderstorm and the ground. As wind is invisible, it is hard to see a tornado unless it forms a condensation funnel. A condensation funnel forms when moisture condenses out of humid air as the vortex intensifies and the air pressure inside it drops. To be classified as a tornado, the vortex must be in contact with both the ground and cloud base.
Tornadoes are highly variable, and size doesn’t necessarily correlate with strength. Large tornadoes can be weak, and some of the smallest funnels are the most destructive. Most tornadoes move from southwest to northeast, but tornadoes can move in any direction and can change their direction, sometimes suddenly. The average width of a tornado funnel is about 90 meters (98.4 yards) although widths of more than ten times this size have been recorded. Track length on average is just a few kilometres/miles, though the longest recorded track lengths have been more than 320 kilometres (199 miles). The average speed of advance is 48kph (30mph) but may vary from nearly stationary up to 113kph (70pmh). The maximum possible wind speed on the edge of the funnel is estimated to exceed 480kph (298mph), this is the highest speed of all windstorm phenomena.
The US Experiences more tornadoes than any other country in the world. Every year an average of 1200 tornadoes kill up to 60 people, injure 1,500 and cause at least $400 million in economic damage in the US. 2011 was a record year for US tornado losses. Over 1600 tornadoes were reported, and it surpassed records for the greatest number of tornadoes for both a single month and for the greatest daily total. Total damages from the outbreaks exceeded $25 billion.
Long term average losses in the us from severe thunderstorms including tornadoes are similar to those from hurricanes. Between 1980 and 2011, 43% of windstorm losses were attributable
to severe thunderstorms compared with 50% for tropical cyclones (hurricanes).
The 2016 U.S. fire loss clock a fire department responded to a fire every 24 seconds.
According to two premier weather modeling firms AIR Worldwide and KatRisk, flood damage is the most frequent form of property loss which is reflected in their models. This is due to the various ways flood events can occur. Regardless of the season, flooding can take place due to excess precipitation, premature snow and ice melting, coastal storms (both tropical and extra-tropical), failure of municipal infrastructure and defenses, and, though rare, even by tsunami (a problem for the five states bordering the Pacific Ocean).
Based on industry exposure (assuming flood coverage on all property exposures), average annual losses due to all forms of inland and coastal tropical flooding have the potential to be two to three times as large as all catastrophic losses combined. Assuming a baseline 1-in-100- year industry loss for US hurricane at $125 billion,15 an extreme flood year for U.S. could conceivably exceed $200 billion in damage.
States with the highest overall annual inland flood loss potential are:16 California, Illinois, Louisiana, New York and Texas.