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Best-selling author, latest, National Geographic Extreme Weather Survival Guide and National Geographic Kids Extreme Weather (2014)



Co-author of The Green Book

USA Today columnist

Contributes regularly to National, Discover, Men’s Health, and The Wall Street Journal

Graduated from Emerson College

Guest Bio

Do You Know How to Survive Extreme Weather? EXTREME WEATHER
In many places summers are hotter, winters are colder and new weather records are frequently set. The news is filled with catastrophic events – Hurricane Sandy brought epic destruction to New York and New Jersey in 2012; monster Typhoon Haiyan wrought havoc in the Philippines in 2013; and a dip in the polar vortex in 2014 made Chicago colder than the South Pole’s summer temperature. “There are many arguments as to what may be causing these dramatic changes in weather patterns around the globe, but it is essential we be prepared to deal with extreme weather conditions in order to survive and recover,” shares Thomas.

Everyone can take three actions to remain safe during any extreme weather event: get informed, make an emergency kit and have a plan. Thomas says an emergency kit is useful no matter what kind of weather conditions you experience. Some of the items your emergency kit should include:

“Good solid preparation will allow you to maintain control over your emotions when a disaster hits,” shares Thomas. Sit down with your family and establish a basic action plan for how to prepare and respond to emergency situations. Identify tasks for each member of the household. For example, if there is a flood who’s in charge of moving furniture to a higher, drier place? By assigning responsibility ahead of time to a specific family member it makes for a well-organized response to disasters. Be sure you have emergency contacts saved on your cell phone as ICE or “in case of emergency.” Finally, have an evaluation plan. It is important to know which route to take and how to get to your agreed upon meeting place. Practice your evacuation procedures twice a year.

With cold weather fast approaching, Thomas offers the following suggestions to help you prepare, survive and recover from the harsh elements that are often associated with winter:




Thomas is a New York Times bestselling author and journalist. He has reported from war zones to the world’s wonders across five continents. He has appeared regularly as a guest in the media on such shows as the Today Show, CNN’s Erin Burnett, Entertainment Tonight, and Fox News.

Thomas became interested in extreme weather while on a trip to Ethiopia where he was being escorted by World Vision. There he encountered people in need and embarked upon educating through books and journalism, prescriptive advice to adapt and prepare for the new normal of environmental hazards facing us today.

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