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  • 7 Steps Toward Hurricane Preparedness

    Be ready for hurricane season

    Eastern Pacific hurricane season begins on May 15 and the Atlantic and Central Pacific seasons begin on June 1. Although it may feel like there is not much you can control, there are actions you can take to prepare for a hurricane disaster. Follow these 7 steps and download the Hurricane Preparedness Infographic, to save and share with your friends.

    Find out what types of wind and water hazards happen near your home, then start preparing how to handle them. Hurricanes are not just a coastal problem. Their impacts can be felt hundreds of miles inland, and significant impacts can occur without it being a major hurricane.

    The first thing you need to do is find out if you live in a hurricane evacuation zone.  If you do, now is the time to begin planning where you would go and how you would get there. You do not need to travel hundreds of miles but have multiple options. Your destination could be a friend or relative who doesn’t live in an evacuation zone.  If you live in a well-built home outside the evacuation zone, your safest place may be to remain home.  Be sure to account for your pets in your plan.  As hurricane season approaches, listen to local officials on questions related to how you may need to adjust any evacuation plans based on the latest health and safety guidelines from the CDC and your local officials.

    You’re going to need supplies not just to get through the storm but for the potentially lengthy and unpleasant aftermath. Have enough non-perishable food, water and medicine to last each person in your family a minimum of three days. Electricity and water could be out for at least that long. You’ll need extra cash, a battery-powered radio and flashlights. You may need a portable crank or solar-powered USB charger for your cell phones. The CDC recommends if you need to go to a public shelter, bring at least two face coverings for each person and, if possible, hand sanitizer. (Children under two years old and people having trouble breathing should not wear face coverings).

    Call your insurance company or agent and ask for an insurance check-up to make sure you have enough homeowners insurance to repair or even replace your home. Don’t forget coverage for your car or boat. Remember, standard homeowners insurance doesn’t cover flooding. Whether you’re a homeowner or renter, you’ll need a separate policy for it, and it’s available through your company, agent or the National Flood Insurance Program at floodsmart.gov. Act now as flood insurance requires a 30-day waiting period.

    If you plan to ride out the storm in your home, make sure it is in good repair and up to local hurricane building code specifications. Many retrofits are not as costly or time consuming as you may think. Have the proper plywood, steel or aluminum panels to board up the windows and doors. Remember, the garage door is the most vulnerable part of the home, so it must be able to withstand the winds.

    Many Americans rely on their neighbors after a disaster, but there are also many ways you can help your neighbors before a hurricane approaches. Learn about all the different actions you and your neighbors can take to prepare and recover from the hazards associated with hurricanes. Start the conversation now with these Neighbor Helping Neighbor strategies but remember you may need to adjust your preparedness plans based on the latest health and safety guidelines from the CDC and your local officials.

    The time to prepare for a hurricane is before the season begins when you have the time and are not under pressure. If you wait until a hurricane is on your doorstep, the odds are that you will be under duress and will make the wrong decisions. Take the time now to write down your hurricane plan. Know who issues evacuation orders for your area, determine locations on where you will ride out the storm, and start to get your supplies now.  Being prepared before a hurricane threatens makes you resilient to the hurricane impacts of wind and water. It will mean the difference between being a hurricane victim or a hurricane survivor.

     

  • National Hurricane Preparedness Week May 3-9


    With the Atlantic and Central Pacific hurricane seasons starting June 1 and the Eastern Pacific hurricane season starting May 15, now is the time to prepare! Get started now by reviewing and sharing Hurricane Safety Tips and Resources.

    To be ready for hurricane season you can determine your personal hurricane risk, find out if you live in a hurricane evacuation zone, and review/update insurance policies. You can also make a list of items to replenish hurricane emergency supplies and start thinking about how you will prepare your home for the coming hurricane season. If you live in hurricane-prone areas, you are encouraged to complete these simple preparations before the hurricane season begins on June 1. Keep in mind, you may need to adjust any preparedness actions based on the latest health and safety guidelines from the CDC and your local officials

    Don't think that you won't be impacted by hurricanes just because you are many miles from the coastline. If you are reading this post, no matter where you are, click here and communicate what you learned to help friends, family, and coworkers prepare for hurricane season and access disaster & preparedness items before it's too late.

  • Hurricane & Other Preparedness

    Are You Ready?!

    It is easy to say "I am going to prepare". We all plan to be prepared. Disasters have a way of happening before we are actually prepared. Here are some free and inexpensive ways to jump start your preparedness today.

    Fast & Easy Ways to Prepare.

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  • Hurricane Alley Emergency Alert

    The latest expert predictions have been updated...

    ...and now call for up to 9 Hurricanes to hit the USA this 2019 Hurricane season!

    According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Climate Prediction Center the likelihood of an above-normal Atlantic hurricane season has increased... and we are at the very beginning of this upcoming hurricane season. ARE YOU READY? You should have ample supplies at home and in your vehicles, at work, school, etc. Build your own kits or buy appropriate survival kits before the rush.

    August 8, 2019 NOAA forecasters monitoring oceanic and atmospheric patterns say conditions are now more favorable for above-normal hurricane activity since El Nino has now ended. Two named storms have formed so far this year and the peak months of the hurricane season, August through October, are now underway.

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  • FEMA Prepares for Hurricanes and so are we!

    FEMA is working with state, local, tribal and territorial partners to prepare for the potential impacts from storms in the Atlantic, Caribbean, and Pacific.

    Successful response and recovery to disasters is a team effort. FEMA is not the only responder in the recovery of states and communities that have been devastated by disasters. We all need to be prepared. We need all levels of government to work together to transform our nation to have a true culture of preparedness.

    When it comes to disaster response, the entire community has a role to play. See FEMA's "Disaster Response is a Team Effort" below to see how this works.

    We Shipped 20,000 Hygiene Kits for FEMA Preparation

    As we did with the Puerto Rico hurricanes last year when we supplied tens of thousands of First Aid Kits for FEMA relief, this year we are already involved! Today we shipped 20 thousand hygiene kits for a FEMA contract order in preparation for Hurricane Florence relief. More to come. Stay Posted.

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    Find an Emergency Evacuation Shelter Near You

    If you are in the path of Hurricane #Florence, listen to local officials for evacuation orders. If you need a safe place to go, text SHELTER and your zip code (i.e. SHELTER 12345) to 4FEMA (43362) to locate an open emergency shelter near you. You can also look up shelters on the FEMA App.

  • Drill

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    We've discussed evacuation plans for businesses, and Family Emergency Readiness... Many of the same principles applied to workplace emergencies can be applied at home and in a neighborhood.  Considering this year's National Preparedness Month Theme (“Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.”) you should not only plan and practice your emergency communication plans, but also evacuation... try expanding this to a neighborhood-wide event, too with a central gathering point and head count, just as a business would, but instead of checking off by department, count off by household... it's a great way to raise awareness and to build a "team spirit" in the neighborhood which can foster better results later in the event of a genuine calamity.

    We encourage you to participate in this Presidential national declaration to prepare individuals, families, and communities across the nation. During September, and especially on the September 30 National PrepareAthon! Day, cities and counties across the country are planning events to bring together schools, businesses, city governments, houses of worship, hospitals, individuals, and families to participate in drills and activities for hazards in their areas. We encourage you to register your participation on the America’s PrepareAthon! website.

    NPM-DrillConduct a drill to practice emergency response actions for local hazards.

    The “Take Action” section of ready.gov/prepare has How To Prepare guides, maps of historical activity for different hazards, and Prepare Your Organization Playbooks, which give guidance on how to hold drills for evacuating, practicing tornado safety, and staying in place.

    Learn about all ten different actions you can take with your family, organization, and local community to prepare for emergencies and participate and download the 10 Ways to Participate in America’s PrepareAthon! Guide

    Don't forget to do a neighbor check! Always check with each other in case of emergency. September is National Preparedness Month. Learn more at www.ready.gov/September. Image sized for Facebook.Don't forget to do a neighbor check! Always check with each other in case of emergency. September is National Preparedness Month. Learn more at www.ready.gov/September. Image sized for Facebook.

  • Hurricane Preparedness?

    You can't stop a tropical storm or hurricane, but you can take steps now to protect you,  your family, your business, and your community. Atlantic Hurricane Season is not over, and as we head into National Preparednes Month in September think about this year's theme “Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.”and how it applies to you and your readines... Hurricanes are not just a coastal concern, they can, of course batter the coasts with winds, rain, and storm surges, but they can also strike interior states, and can cause severe inland flooding.

    If you live in coastal areas at risk, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourages you to begin preparing yourself for hurricane season. The Atlantic hurricane season is June 1 through November 30 each year.

    Hurricane & Tsunami: Hurricanes, Tropical Storms, Cyclones, Storm Surge and Tsunami… Whew! First let us point out that Hurricanes are not just a coastal concern. Hurricanes cause serious harm inland as well. Don’t think that you won’t be impacted by hurricanes just because you are many miles from the coastline. You are not necessarily immune to the ravages of Hurricanes and Tropical Storms. Tropical cyclones often produce widespread, torrential rains in excess of 6 inches, which may result in deadly and destructive floods. In fact, flooding is the major threat from tropical cyclones for people living inland. Flash flooding, defined as a rapid rise in water levels, can occur quickly due to intense rainfall. Longer term flooding on rivers and streams can persist for several days after the storm, and a Storm Surge (water from the ocean that is pushed toward the shore by the force of the winds swirling around the hurricane. This advancing surge combines with the normal tides and can increase the water level by 30 feet or more) can back up rivers and estuaries that normally flow freely to sea – creating overrun riverbanks upstream. Preparedness for these onslaughts includes raingear and ponchos, standard preparedness supplies and evacuation plans – plus all the flood considerations and extra attention to communication devices as landlines and mobile phones will almost certainly be out after major winds.

    Are you READY? Are you READY?

    Please follow these important hurricane preparedness tips from CDC:

    After you have read these tips, please review the other resources available on the CDC Hurricanes website.

  • Are you ready to Bug Out?

    "Bug Out" is a term used frequently by preppers, referring to when you need to get out of Dodge because the SHTF*, or in extremist points of view when TEOTWAWKI** occurs.

    Hurricane-EvacuationWell, on a more basic level, you should be prepared for evacuation, including having your Bug Out Bag ready to roll no matter what the calamity... during Hurricane Preparedness Week we focus on readying for hurricane evacuation (including storm surges)

    Survival Tips

    • Tip #1: Prepare your car before you prepare your home. Learn Why...
    • Tip #2: Eat food in your freezer after the food in your refrigerator. Learn Why...
    • Tip #3: Do not flush your toilets (Yet). Learn Why...
    • Tip #4: Change your flashlight and emergency radio batteries every time you adjust your clocks (daylight savings and standard time). Learn Why...
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    The first thing you need to do is find out if you live in a storm surge hurricane evacuation zone or if you’re in a home that would be unsafe during a hurricane. If you are, figure out where you’d go and how you’d get there if told to evacuate. You do not need to travel hundreds of miles. Identify someone, perhaps a friend or relative who doesn’t live in a zone or unsafe home, and work it out with them to use their home as your evacuation destination. Be sure to account for your pets, as most local shelters do not permit them. Put the plan in writing for you and those you care about.

    *  SHTF: When the "Stuff" Hits the Fan
    ** TEOTWAWKI: The end of the World as we know it.

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  • Family Emergency Readiness

    HOLD A DISASTER DRILL

    Family members should know:

    • How to shut off the main gas and water valves,
    • The safe spots and danger spots in the house,
    • How to ride out an earthquake or major storm,
    • When to exit the house and where to collect,
    • Where to meet if separated,
    • The telephone number of a trusted friend or family member,
    • The location of the survival equipment and first aid supplies and how to use them.

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  • Tsunami Season: #tsunami ?

    Tsunami-HazardIs there such a thing as Tsunami Season? No. A tsunami can strike anywhere along an ocean coast at any time and can be very dangerous to life and property. While it is important if you live, work or play on the coast, to prepare for a tsunami, it is also important to realize that the effects can reach far inland following waterways and low spots causing extensive inland flooding. Meteotsunamis occur inland as well, especially along the Great Lakes.

    What is a tsunami?

    A tsunami is not a "Tidal Wave" as movies so often dramatically portray Tsunamis are a series of waves (not just one) caused by a large and sudden disturbance of the sea. Most tsunamis are caused by undersea earthquakes, but not all earthquakes cause tsunamis, and smaller earthquakes at or near water may cause tsunami-like results in large bodies of water other than oceans.

    Not all tsunamis act the same. And, an individual tsunami may impact coasts differently. A small tsunami in one place may be very large a few miles away. The speed of a tsunami depends on the depth of the ocean. In the deep ocean, tsunami waves are barely noticeable but can move as fast as a jet plane, over 500 mph. As the waves enter shallow water near land, they slow to approximately 20 or 30 mph. That is still faster than a person can run. As the waves slow down, they can grow in height and currents intensify. Most tsunami waves are less than 10 feet high, but in extreme cases, can exceed 100 feet. When a tsunami comes ashore, it will not look like a normal wind wave. It may look like a fast-rising flood or a wall of water. Sometimes, before the water rushes on land, it will drain away suddenly, showing the ocean floor, reefs and fish like a very low tide. Tsunamis can travel up rivers and streams that lead to the ocean. A large tsunami can flood low-lying coastal areas more than a mile inland. The series of waves that flood, drain away and then reflood the land may last for hours. The time between waves ranges from five minutes to an hour. The first wave to reach the shore may not be the largest or the most damaging. It is not possible to predict how long a tsunami will last, how many waves there will be, or how much time there will be between waves. Not all tsunamis act the same. And, an individual tsunami may impact coasts differently. A small tsunami in one place may be very large a few miles away.
    The speed of a tsunami depends on the depth of the ocean. In the deep ocean, tsunami waves are barely noticeable but can move as fast as a jet plane, over 500 mph. As the waves enter shallow water near land, they slow to approximately 20 or 30 mph. That is still faster than a person can run.
    As the waves slow down, they can grow in height and currents intensify. Most tsunami waves are less than 10 feet high, but in extreme cases, can exceed 100 feet. When a tsunami comes ashore, it will not look like a normal wind wave. It may look like a fast-rising flood or a wall of water. Sometimes, before the water rushes on land, it will drain away suddenly, showing the ocean floor, reefs and fish like a very low tide. Tsunamis can travel up rivers and streams that lead to the ocean. A large tsunami can flood low-lying coastal areas more than a mile inland.
    The series of waves that flood, drain away and then reflood the land may last for hours. The time between waves ranges from five minutes to an hour. The first wave to reach the shore may not be the largest or the most damaging. It is not possible to predict how long a tsunami will last, how many waves there will be, or how much time there will be between waves.

    Tsunamis are among the most powerful and destructive natural forces. Tsunami waves radiate outward in all directions from the causal disturbance and can move across entire ocean basins. Most tsunamis are caused by undersea earthquakes, but can also be caused by landslides, volcanic activity, certain types of weather and meteorites.  Weather occurrences, too can cause meteotsunamis, especially along the Gulf of Mexico and large water bodies such as the Great Lakes.

    What is a Meteotsunami?

    Meteotsunamis have characteristics similar to earthquake-generated tsunamis, but are caused by air pressure disturbances often associated with fast moving weather systems, such as squall lines.

    These disturbances can generate waves in the ocean that travel at the same speed as the overhead weather system. Development of a meteotsunami depends on several factors such as the intensity, direction, and speed of the disturbance as it travels over a water body with a depth that enhances wave magnification.

    Like an earthquake-generated tsunami, a meteotsunami affects the entire water column and can become dangerous when it hits shallow water, which causes it to slow down and increase in height and intensity. Even greater magnification can occur in semi-enclosed water bodies like harbors, inlets, and bays.

    Meteotsunamis are regional in nature. In the United States, conditions for destructive meteotsunamis are most favorable along the East Coast, Gulf of Mexico, and in the Great Lakes, where they may pose a greater threat than earthquake-generated tsunamis.

    As Weather Ready Nation Ambassadors, we strongly urge you to learn what to do before, during and after a tsunami that could save your life and the lives of your family and friends.

    Most of the things you need to do to prepare for a tsunami are basic disaster survival steps you should follow to prepare for the other hazards that may impact your community. Some actions, however, are unique to tsunamis since response time may be limited.

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    • Find out if your home, school, workplace or other frequently visited places are in tsunami hazard or evacuation zones and if your community has had tsunamis in the past. Your local emergency management office, your state's geologic or tsunami hazard website and your local National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office are good resources for information about your risk.
    • Find out if your community is TsunamiReady. Communities recognized by the National Weather Service as TsunamiReady are better prepared for tsunamis.

    There are two ways that you may be warned that a tsunami is coming: an official tsunami warning and a natural tsunami warning. Both are equally important. You may not get both. Be prepared to respond immediately to whatever you hear or see first.

    • An official tsunami warning will be broadcast through local radio and television, wireless emergency alerts, NOAA Weather Radio and NOAA websites (like Tsunami.gov). It may also come through outdoor sirens, local officials, text message alerts and telephone notifications.
    • There may not always be time to wait for an official tsunami warning. A natural tsunami warning may your first, best or only warning that a tsunami is on its way. Natural tsunami warnings include strong or long earthquakes, a loud roar (like a train or an airplane) from the ocean, and unusual ocean behavior. The ocean could look like a fast-rising flood or a wall of water. Or, it could drain away suddenly, showing the ocean floor, reefs and fish like a very low tide. If you experience any of these warnings, even just one, a tsunami could be coming.
    • Get a battery-operated NOAA Weather Radio to receive official alerts and other hazard information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
    • Sign up for email and text message alerts from your local emergency management office and make sure your mobile devices are set to receive wireless emergency alerts.
    • Make an emergency plan and a family communication plan and put together a portable disaster supplies kit that is easily accessible and contains basic items you and your family may need in any emergency. Include your pets in all your preparedness efforts. Since you do not know where you will be when disaster strikes, prepare kits for work and your car, too.
    • Meet with your family to discuss the plan and why you need to prepare for a disaster.
    • Practice your plan and keep it up to date.
    • Be a role model. Share your knowledge and plans with friends and neighbors so they can prepare themselves and their loved ones.

    If your home, school, workplace or other frequently visited places are in tsunami hazard or evacuation zones, your emergency plan should include evacuation plans.

    • Find out from your local emergency management office if there are evacuation routes and assembly areas identified for your community and if a map is available.
    • If assembly areas are not identified, plan to evacuate to a safe place that is on high ground or inland (away from the coast) and outside the tsunami hazard or evacuation zone. You may need to identify more than one safe place, depending on where you may be when you get a tsunami warning (e.g., home, work, etc.). You should plan to be able to reach your safe place on foot if you can because of possible road damage, closed roads and traffic jams. If you are concerned that you will not be able to reach a safe place in time, ask your local emergency management office about vertical evacuation. Some strong (e.g., reinforced concrete) and tall buildings may be able to provide protection if no other options are available.
    • Map out evacuation routes to your safe place(s) from your home, workplace or any other place you visit often that is in a tsunami hazard or evacuation zone.
    • Practice walking your evacuation routes, including at night and in bad weather. Familiarity with the routes will make evacuation quicker and easier if you ever need to evacuate for real.
    • If you have children that go to school in a tsunami hazard or evacuation zone, find out about the school's plans for evacuating and keeping the children safe. Find out where the assembly area is and where you should pick up your children after the danger has passed.
    • If you are visiting an area at risk for a tsunami, find out about local tsunami safety. Your hotel or campground may be able to provide you with tsunami warning and evacuation information. It is important to know this information before a warning is issued. You may not have a lot of time after a warning. You do not want to waste it figuring out what to do.
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    If you are on a boat and you get a tsunami warning, your response will depend on the size of the tsunami, the currents it produces, where you are, how much time you have before the first wave arrives and the weather at sea. If you are a boat owner or captain:

    • Make sure you have a way to receive tsunami warnings when you are on the water. The U.S. Coast Guard will issue urgent marine information broadcasts on your marine VHF radio's channel 16. Additional information will be available from NOAA Weather Radio.
    • Find out how to respond to a tsunami warning and what to do if you are at sea when a damaging tsunami strikes your coast. Your harbor master, port captain, the U.S. Coast Guard and local and state emergency management offices are the best sources for tsunami safety information and regulations for boaters in your area.
    • Make a plan and put together a disaster supplies kit to keep on board your boat. Be sure this includes a proper marine first aid kit. Be aware that shore facilities may be damaged, so if you are at sea during a tsunami, you may not be able to return to the harbor you left. Be prepared to remain at sea for a day or more.

    We are located in coastal San Diego, and see how silly and unprepared people can be - during tsunami warnings, we see many rushing to the water to watch, rather than away from the danger. During a tsunami, dangerous coastal flooding and powerful currents are possible and may continue for several hours or days after initial arrival. The first wave may not be the last or the largest. Follow directions and respond to tsunami warnings when given...

    How you respond to a tsunami warning depends on where you are and how you receive the warning. There are two types of tsunami warnings, official and natural. Both are equally important and suggest the potential for a tsunami that may cause widespread flooding. You may not get both types of warnings. Be prepared to respond to whatever you hear or see first. For your safety and others, always follow instructions from local officials.

    If you are outside of the tsunami hazard or evacuation zone and you receive an official or natural tsunami warning, a tsunami is possible or likely, but you are in a safe place. Stay where you are unless local officials tell you otherwise.

    Official Tsunami Warning

    If you are anywhere in a tsunami hazard or evacuation zone or a low-lying coastal area and you receive an official tsunami warning, a tsunami is likely. The warning will estimate the tsunami's arrival time, describe potential impacts and recommend actions to take.

    • Stay out of the water and away from beaches and waterways.
    • Get more information about the threat and what to do from NOAA Weather Radio, local radio or television or your mobile device (text or data). Limit nonemergency phone calls to keep the lines open for emergency communications.
    • If local officials ask you to evacuate, implement your emergency plan and move quickly to your safe place outside the hazard or evacuation zone unless officials tell you to go somewhere else. If you do not have a safe place or cannot reach it, follow evacuation signs to safety or go as high or as far inland (away from the water) as possible.

    Natural Tsunami Warning

    If you are in a tsunami hazard or evacuation zone or a low-lying coastal area and you feel a strong or long earthquake, the ocean acts strange (e.g., it looks like a fast-rising flood or a wall of water or it drains away suddenly, showing the ocean floor like a very low tide) OR there is a loud roar coming from the ocean, a tsunami is possible and could arrive within minutes.

    • In case of an earthquake, protect yourself. Drop, cover and hold on. Be prepared for aftershocks, which happen frequently after earthquakes. Each time the earth shakes, drop, cover and hold on.
    • Do not wait for an official tsunami warning or for instructions from local officials.
    • As soon as you can move safely, implement your emergency plan and move quickly to your safe place outside the hazard or evacuation zone. If you do not have a safe place or cannot reach it, follow evacuation signs to safety or go as high or as far inland (away from the water) as possible.
    • When you are in a safe place, get more information about the threat and what to do from NOAA Weather Radio, local radio or television or your mobile device (text or data). Limit nonemergency phone calls to keep the lines open for emergency communications.
    • If there is earthquake damage, avoid fallen power lines and stay away from buildings, bridges and piers because heavy objects may fall from them during an aftershock.
    • Follow instructions from local officials. It is their job to keep you safe.
    • Stay out of the tsunami hazard or evacuation zone until local officials tell you it is safe. The first wave may not be the last or the largest and the danger may last for hours or days.

    Note: If you are on the beach or near the water and feel an earthquake—no matter how big or how long it lasts—move quickly off the beach to high ground or inland (away from the water) as soon as you can do so safely.

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