I’m Jen Henderson, a freelance journalist and Ph.D. student who writes about issues of weather safety and the environment. My goal is to empower families with the tips and resources they need to lead informed lives and to safely weather any number of disasters, from tornadoes and hurricanes to the more elusive dangers of heat stroke.
As a writer, I see myself as a guide for those who want to safely explore the natural environment by providing insight into our collective role as responsible citizens and reflective learners. Whether it’s how the prediction of storms itself impacts the quality of our oceans or what socioeconomic injustices that are perpetrated in the way houses are designed and built in Tornado Alley, there is more to weather that mere sky and clouds.
As a Ph.D. student, I investigate the historical, social, and policy issues that surround the issuance of tornado warnings in the local weather forecast office. I ask questions such as, How do tornado warnings get created and disseminated? What policies shape weather warnings? How do the many publics interpret these warnings?
Every other Monday, I’ll send out a blog post called Weather Wise, which offers you information and insight about different elements of the weather forecast process and ways to get involved with weather safety activities. To receive these posts, please subscribe to my blog through the link in the right-hand column.To receive more information about weather safety resources, please join my email list.
On Sunday, May 15, I’m launching my new e-book Big Storm Coming! A Parent’s Quick Guide to Complete Disaster Preparedness. To read an excerpt of Big Storm Coming!, click here.