MIAMI, FL - MAY 30: Brock Long, FEMA's director, speaks to the media during a visit to the National Hurricane Center on May 30, 2018 in Miami, Florida. Mr. Long urged people to prepare for the upcoming hurricane season that officially begins on June 1, 2018 and ends on November 30th. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

As the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season approaches, FEMA has released its long-awaited report into its failures during the 2017 season. To its credit, FEMA acknowledges how it failed (and continues to fail) Puerto Rico. But FEMA administrator Brock Long also shifted some of the blame to the catastrophe’s victims.

“The 2017 hurricane season showed that all levels of government — and individual families — need to be much better prepared with their own supplies,” he said. “Particularly in remote or insular areas where commodities take longer to deliver.”

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Yellowstone caldera is largest volcanic system in North America, Wyoming, USA. (Getty Images)

It sounds like something out of a bad blockbuster movie: A supervolcano erupts, spewing hundreds of cubic miles of magma, incinerating everything within 60 miles, and creating such a massive cloud of ash it blankets most of North America, blacks out the sun, and fills the air with toxic gases. Day becomes night and three feet of ash coats every possible surface, clogging roads, choking out crops, making it nearly impossible to breathe.

This kind of disaster is not just the hallmark of Hollywood, but the potential of an actual supervolcano eruption. Supervolcanoes are actually calderas—enormous craters deep in the ground—with a magma source capable of erupting 240 cubic miles or more. Most of these volcanoes are actually minimally active but they can produce “intensely explosive blasts registering at the upper end of the Volcanic Explosivity Index (VEI),” according to IFLS.

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As Houston and the surrounding coastal Texas area experiences unprecedented rainfall and flooding from Hurricane Harvey, heroes from all walks of life are weathering the storm to rescue thousands of their stranded neighbors. From a major airline company and breweries, to the unlikeliest of civilians, all have stepped up to lend aid during the crisis.

Sunday evening, Southwest Airlines evacuated 486 people from Houston, including employees and customers. The Dallas based airline requested and received special permission to operate five flights out of the international William P. Hobby Airport, located in southeast Houston.

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