National Hurricane WeekDisaster preparedness

Getting the importance of disaster preparedness out to members of your family, members of your community and to your fellow workers remains one of the core missions of this website.

With this week recognized as “National Hurricane Preparedness Week 2013”, it is important to remind everyone again to take advantage of all the comprehensive information available and to pass that information along to others in order for them to be better prepared in the event that any hurricane related events come their way.

Click here to view a checklist provided on the Ready.gov website.

According to the National Hurricane Center’s website, “History teaches that a lack of hurricane awareness and preparation are common threads among all major hurricane disasters. By knowing your vulnerability and what actions you should take, you can reduce the effects of a hurricane disaster”…..for where you live and where you work.

Hurricane hazards come in many forms. Those potential hazards could come in the form of storm surges, residual and heavy rain fall, flooding, high winds, tornadoes, rip currents and even thunderstorms accompanied by lightening.

Are you prepared should you lose power? Are you prepared should you be forcibly barricaded in your home for days, even weeks after a powerful hurricane?

The following summary of website links gives everyone additional concrete ways to raise levels of awareness and ways to stay better informed where you live and where you work:

  1. Mobile National Hurricane Center (NHC) website in basic HTML: www.nhc.noaa.gov/mobile
  2. Mobile NWS website for smartphones: www.mobile.weather.gov
  3. Mobile NWS website in basic HTML: www.cell.weather.gov
  4. Audio Podcasts:  www.nhc.noaa.gov/audio/index.shtml
  5. Hurricane tracking charts:  www.weather.gov/os/hurricane
  6. NHC Facebook Page:  www.facebook.com/US.NOAA.NationalHurricaneCenter.gov
  7. Twitter Atlantic: @NHC_Atlantic
  8. Twitter Eastern North Pacific: @NHC_Pacific
  9. Twitter Central Pacific: @NWSHonolulu
  10. Storm Surge: @NHC_Surge
  11. NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards: www.weather.gov/nwr
  12. American Red Cross:  www.redcross.org
  13. Tropical Cyclone Preparedness GuideSpanish Version.
  14. Ready.gov for Kids

Please pass this information along to those disaster preparedness, first responder and organizational disaster readiness team members in your organization – as well as doing the same for members of your family and the emergency management teams in your community.

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