Severe Weather Preparedness Week

This is National Severe Weather Preparedness Week March 12-16 and from Category 5 Hurricanes to F-5 Tornadoes being prepared is your best defense in surviving a disaster. With tornado season already starting in the South, here are the Tornado Safety Rules:

In a conventional home: Go to the basement and get under a sturdy table or stairwell. If you do not have a basement, get to the lowest floor in a small room such as a closet or bath in the center of the home. A bathtub offers extra protection. The more walls between you and the outdoors, the better.

In a mobile home:
Get out and move to a shelter building.

In an office building:
Get into a stairwell or interior hallway on as low a floor as possible.

In a car:
Get out, take shelter in a nearby sturdy building. If there is no place to take shelter, run away from the car and get into a ditch on the side of the road away from a tornado.

Church, shopping mall or school:
Move to a marked shelter area. If none is marked, get into a small closet, bathroom or another small place.

Keep a battery operated radio or tv available with fresh batteries. In sever weather situations, keep your cell phone fully charged. Be aware of what is going on.

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Ag Industry to host Mike Smith

Mike Smith will be speaking to members of the agricultural community next week at the 2012 Commodity Classic to be held at the Airport Hilton in Wichita, Kansas on Tuesday, February 21, 2012. Mike will be addressing the group of ag producers followed by U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan). Mike will also be signing copies of his book WARNINGS: The True Story of How Science Tamed the Weather (Greenleaf 2010) after his presentation.

The following week Mike will be the guest speaker at three American AgCredit Insurance Producer Update Meetings to be held at Martinelli’s in Salina on February 27th, the Airport Hilton in Wichita on February 28th and the Stone Ridge Country Club in Great Bend on February, 29th. Mike’s topic will be the 2012 Spring and Summer Weather Outlook.

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Winfield Area Chamber of Commerce Meeting and Awards Dinner

        Mike was the keynote speaker last week at the Winfield Kansas Area Chamber of Commerce meeting and awards dinner where the evening’s centerpieces were weather themed in honor of Mike’s presentation CSI: Meteorology-One Man’s Quest to Save Lives. It is the behind-the-scenes story of Mike’s personal friend and mentor, Dr. Ted Fujita, the courageous scientist who, in spite of tremendous opposition, makes everyone who files today much safer. CSI: Meteorology conveys the vital traits needed by innovators in every profession as well as offering inspiration and motivation.               
Winfield Chamber CEO Diane Rosencrans said “We were so pleased with the entire evening, Mike did a wonderful job and the crowd seemed so warm and upbeat, the biggest crowd we’ve ever had so Mike is a big draw!”
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Force of Nature

“We know how to save lives and minimize property damage from extreme weather. We just need the will to do it.” Mike Smith

Mike and I are proud to announce the unveiling of his new website and dvd Force of Nature at www.mikesmithenterprises.com. Mike’s dvd has the look and feel of a movie trailer but this story is true and it could happen to you. Mike’s passion since he was a little boy was to save lives in the event of severe weather and with storms hitting the South and tornadoes already causing damage in Texas and Alabama it is not too soon to be prepared. Mike is quick-witted and brings clarity along with a level of theatrical polish to every presentation he makes and by visting his website you can learn how Mike’s expertise as the nation’s leading expert on severe weather can benefit you and your bottom line.

Mike’s presentations are so dynamic and passionate that he is like a force of nature: changing the landscape of your next meeting or event. Mike is also on Facebook and has over 1000 followers on Twitter and you can find Mike’s book WARNINGS: The True Story of How Science Tamed the Weather (Greenleaf 2010) on the website as well.

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Storm Season is Starting Early in the South

Storm season is already in full swing in the south and just around the corner for the rest of the nation. If you want to be fully prepared for tornado season, Mike’s book WARNINGS contains valuable information that can save your life in the event of severe weather. Click here to check it out.

The time to act is before a tornado roars through your neighborhood. Just like having an emergency fire drill in place in your home, it is also advisiable to have a plan for surviving severe weather. This past week the world has watched the tradgedy unfold surrounding the Italian shipwreck, while  witnessing  the sad conquesnses of not being prepared in the event of an emergency. Mike has made saving lives his mission in life with that being the core reason behind all he does Please take time tonight to plan for an emergency with your family so that everyone is prepared and  knows what to do in the event of a tornado and you will be glad you did.

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WHAT’S NEW IN 2012!

Exciting plans are shapping up at Mike Smith Enterprisies for 2012! The New Year was ushered in with a birthday for Mike as friends and family gathered to celebrate his birthday and toast to his success! Mike is pictured below with his proud parents Ginny and Dick Smith on his birthday.

Coming soon!  A new look for the blog, a new revised website and a new promotional DVD. Mike has fresh material that will improve your company’s bottom line as well as speaches that inspire and entertain. Mike is also working on a new presentation for AccuWeather just in time for  severe weather season right around the corner with his all new tornado presentation that will no doubt be popular this spring and summer. If you are a meeting planner and would like to have this information in your hands, please contact me at mindy@mikesmithenterprises.com and it would be my pleasure to send it your way.
Mike holds the highest awards in science of meteorology, 19 U.S. and foreign patents and is the expert on extreme weather and it’s effects on people and business. He gets rave reviews where ever he goes because every speech is tailored to the specific interests of the audience. Mike is also active in civic and community volunteer efforts and he has been nominated for the CNN Hero of the Year 2012. Allow Mike to forecast success for your next event and contact me today!

We at Mike Smith Enterprises want to wish each and everyone the best for continued success in the new year!

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MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Mike has had a very  busy year with his book signings and speaking engagements. As a speaker, author and innovator, Mike goes beyond the radar and takes his audiences on a journey that intrigues, inspires, educates and entertains. Mike’s presentations are so passionate and dynamic that he is like a force of nature: changing the landscape of your next meeting or event. Mike has the ability as a superb speaker to blend scientific, technical and business principles together into a speech that helps improve your company’s bottom line. If success is in the forcast for your next event, contact Mike Smith Enterprises today to discuss the specific needs of your organization and make 2012 a banner year.
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Top 5 Costliest Storms for 2011

Good Morning America’s meteorologist Sam Champion reported today that 2011 was a record breaking year for weather related billion dollar disasters with 12 storms each in the billion dollar range. http://abcnews.go.com/watch/good-morning-america/SH5587637 The top 5 costliest storms for 2011 are as follows:

1. April Alabama Tornado Outbreak    $9     B
2. May Joplin Tornado Outbreak          $8     B
3. Hurricane Irene                                  $7.2  B
4. Texas Drought/Wildfires                   $5.2  B
5. Chicago Groundhog Day Blizzard    $3.9  B

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Christmas Vacation

With Christmas just around the corner, parents of children everywhere will be faced with the challenge of what to do with the kids after the Christmas toys and presents have lost their appeal. After the holiday movies, trips to the mall, skating rink, indoor play areas and playing outside in the cold have all been experienced, how about introducing your child to weather?

Mike Smith was only 5 years old when the Ruskin Heights tornado cut a path of destruction so long and wide through the middle of his neighborhood that it left  nothing but rubble visible in all directions and destroyed his kindergarten classroom. Details can be found in chapter 1 of Mike’s book WARNINGS: The True Story of How Science Tamed the Weather (Greenleaf 2010).

Mike knew at that moment that he wanted to grow up and ”study whatever had done all of this.”  In fact, the Ruskin Heights tornado inspired not just Mike, but at least two other people he knows to become meteorologists.  Most meteorologists can point to a single event, usually a storm they experienced between the ages of 5-9 which inspired a lifelong interest in weather. But why not give the child in your life the opportunity to discover weather on their own?

There are some wonderful educational websites designed especially for children that offer activities, games, cool clips, fun facts and more, that allow kids a chance to learn more about the facinating world of weather! Check out http://www.weatherwizkids.com  or http://eo.ucar.edu/webweather/ for tips and ideas and have fun!

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Top 5 Reasons to Read WARNINGS

For most people, weather is little more than polite conversation so reading a book primarily about weather may not be at the top of your reading or gift giving list this holiday season, so let me share with you the top 5 reasons to read and give WARNINGS: The True Story of How Science Tamed the Weather (Greenleaf 2010).

#5 - ENJOY READING
A reader from Big D recently wrote “Hey Mike! I am reading your book WARNINGS and I am really enjoying it. A great read for those interested in the weather.” From the heart-warming to the heart-wrenching and everything in between, Mike Smith above all captivates the reader while taking them on a journey that intrigues, inspires, educates and entertains.

#4 – INTERESTED IN WEATHER
Another female reader from Oklahoma recently commented “If you have not read this book and love weather you must!” So what if weather isn’t your thing? Mike Smith uses his skill as a genuine atmospheric scientist to weave together a book that has been praised for its superb storytelling by critics from coast to coast.

#3 – WEATHER AFFECTS US ALL IN OFTEN LIFE CHANGING WAYS
Droughts, storms, earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, dust storms, tsunamis, hail, wind, fog, heat, cold, snow, ice, rain, floooding and sleet. Do I have your attention yet?

#2 – PLANNING FOR MOTHER NATURE’S WORST IS A VITAL BUSINESS FUNCTION
Can your business afford to be caught unaware when extreme weather threatens? Business people everywhere understand that planning ahead is the difference between a disaster and a mere inconvenience. Mike’s expertise makes him the “go-to” expert when disaster strikes.

#1- THE LIFE YOU SAVE MAY BE YOUR OWN
The emotional and true account of how weather scientists frantically worked to save lives- and save a town. You will come away with an appreciation for the storm warnings in place today and how they have evolved into vital, lifesaving information and not treat them as a mere annoyance ever again.

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On The Road Again to McPherson, Kansas!

McPherson is the place to be this coming weekend! Mike will be appearing at a book signing at The Bookshelf 206 N. Main on Saturday, November 19, 2011 from 10-12 where he will be autographing his book WARNINGS: The True Story of How Science Tamed the Weather (Greenleaf 2010).

Mcpherson is also getting ready for The Incomparable, The Extranordinary Marilyn Maye who will be performing at the McPherson Opera House on Friday, November 18th.

11/18- Marilyn Maye
“the Greatest White Female Singer in the World” – Ella Fitzgerald; 8 p.m., McPherson Opera House, 219 S. Main St. Ticket information at 620-241-1952 or www.mcphersonoperahouse.org.

Johnny Carson called this Wichita native a “Supersinger” and Ella Fitzgerald called her “The Greatest White Female Singer in the World.”

I have it on high authority that the weather will be nice that day so come on out and see us at The Bookshelf!

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Trustworthy, honest and loyal readers

A few weeks ago, Mike and I were at the Norman Weatherfest at a book signing where we met lots of wonderful people who make up Mike’s fan base for his book WARNINGS: The True Story of How Science Tamed the Weather. (Greenleaf 2010) If you would like to read a short review go to www.facebook.com/WarningsBook.

Mike was expecially happy to see so many OU meteorology students turning out for the event and to see how super excited they were to get a signed copy of WARNINGS. One particular young woman who was short on cash and otherwise would not have been able to purchase the book was delighted when Mike told her that he trusted her for the balance to be sent in the mail and a couple of weeks later this note appeared along with the cash.

Mike,


Thank you so much for allowing me to purchase your wonderful book at Weatherfest even though I was a smidge short on cash.


As promised, here’s the remaining balance.  I’m about halfway through your book and I think it is absolutely fantastic. Again, thank you.


Virginia

Another satisfied loyal reader and a trusting meteorologist who made it possible for her get the book she wanted.

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Cosmosphere Tornado Alley Event

Today was a great turn out for the Hutchinson, Kansas Cosmosphere Tornado Alley event where Mike was a guest speaker along with Discovery Channel’s “Storm Chasers” Star Sean Casey who was also appearing with his Armored TIV2 vehicle.

Mike’s presentation “Warnings Save Lives: A Look Back at Greensburg, Udall and Joplin” described how this year was the deadliest tornado season since 1947 but how many, many lives have been saved due to early and accurate warning systems being in place.

Mike had a question and answer session from the audience after his presentation and signed his book
 WARNINGS: The True Story of How Science Tamed the Weather.  The Cosmosphere is located at 1100 N. Plum in Hutchinson or visit www.cosmo.org.

Only 53 more Shopping Days before Christmas!

Do you know someone who would love to sit by a warm fire and curl up with a great book? WARNINGS: The True Story of How Science Tamed the Weather is written in novel form and is exciting from the first page to the last. As Mike’s marketing director I have read his book, and ladies, from a female perspective I can highly recomend it! It is the fast-paced account of saving lives during the most massive storms of our lifetime, from Category 5 hurricanes to F-5 tornadoes, WARNINGS will take you for the ride of your life!

WARNINGS is full of suspense and has been called the weatherman’s version of The Right Stuff that is highly entertaining, and a wonderful book for anyone on your Christmas list who loves to read!  Find out what really happened behind the Udall and Greensburg tornadoes, Hurricane Katrina and how the aviation industry was changed forever by one man’s vision.WARNINGS is available at
www.Amazon.com.  or contact me directly at mindy@mikesmithenterprises.com.

New York, New York What a Wonderful Town!

Mike was in New York this week speaking at the BOMA conference at the Grand Hyatt on Hurricane Irene and other possible weather realated disasters that could potentially affect the city. Mike brings leading-edge weather science and a knowledge of business together to make him the “go-to” expert when disaster strikes. Mike was invited to address the NYC chapter of the Building Owners and Managers Assn. His goal was to assist business owners in turning potential catastrophes into a mere inconveniences through saving lives, property and assets.

The weather-related effects on the U.S. economy reached a half trillion dollars in 2010 and 2011 is running even higher. Mike gives business owners the information they need so that they will not be caught unprepared when extreme weather threatens. Mike also signed his book Warnings: The True Story of How Science Tamed the Weather (Greenleaf 2010).

Coming soon!

Mike will be presenting “Warnings to Save Lives” at the Cosmosphere in Hutchinson, Kansas on Saturday, November 5, 2011 at 2:30 and he will be signing his book WARNINGS: The True Story of How Science Tamed the Weather (Greenleaf 2010) after the presentation.

Saturday, November 19, 2011 Mike will be the featured author at a booksigning at the Bookshelf in McPherson, Kansas from 10-12. Come by and see us!

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Upcoming Events and Speaking Engagements

Mike will be attending the National Weather Association meeting in Birmingham Saturday, October 15 through Monday morning the 17th. If you would like him to sign your copy of WARNINGS, he’d be happy to do so. He’ll also have a few copies with him if you would like to pick one up.

Tuesday, October 18th, Mike will be in Atlanta addressing the Association of Contingency Planners at 1pm.

Then it is on to the Big Apple where he will be addressing the NYC chapter of the Building and Owners Management Association (BOMA) at the Grand Hyatt and participating in a panel discussion on natural hazard threats to NYC.

Coming soon to the Norman Weatherfest, the Kansas Cosmosphere and The Bookshelf in McPherson, Kansas!

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Business Risks posed by Tornadoes

Mike was in the windy city yesterday where he presented his talk “Mitigating the Business Risks Posed by Tornadoes and Other Extreme Weather” to the Chicago chapter of BPRA.

 He flew home to speak at the Newton Rotary Club in Newton, Kansas last night with his presentation CSI: Meteorology The Phantom Crashes. The complete story can be found in his book WARNINGS: True Story of How Science Tamed the Weather in chapter 13. Mike will be speaking at the National Aviation Training Center in Wichita on September 22, 2011 and will be at the Kansas Book Festival in Topeka on Saturday, September 24, 2011.

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Mike Smith Doesn’t Wear a Cape to Work

Thank you Kevin L. Nenstiel for the kind words and the review of Mike’s book WARNINGS: The True Story of How Science Tamed the Weather. Kevin teaches English at the University of Nebraska and wrote on his blog that “Mike Smith Saves the World from Weather”.

Mike doesn’t wear a cape to work, but he could. His passion is to save lives by providing early warnings for severe weather and he is a champion trying to save the tornado sirens use for only an acutal tornado and not to be used as a severe thunderstorm warning as some communities continue to do. Mike feels that the general public has become jaded to the threat of a tornado and the first inclination for some people is to go outside and look up into the sky to evaluate the threat for themselves. Mike feels that even one life lost in a tornado is too many and he wants people to be prepared so that a tornado is turned from a disaster into an inconvienence.

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