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  • It’s Time to Prepare for Hurricane Season

    Hurricane Season Is Almost Here

    The start of hurricane season is right around the corner. According to FEMA’s 2015 National Household Survey, two out of every three Americans are aware of what to do should a hurricane affect the area in which they live or work.

    This week, was National Hurricane Preparedness Week (May 7-13)  - which was to remind us each to learn the steps to take to prepare for a hurricane.

    The Pacific hurricane season begins Monday - May 15th and the Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1. The Ready Campaign has resources to help you prepare your family and promote hurricane preparedness in your community:

    What you should know about Hurricanes

    It is important to take some time to prepare with your family, colleagues, neighbors, or community group to assess your risk, develop plans, assemble supplies, and conduct emergency drills.

    Lear more in these articles: Hurricane PreparednessBe Ready for Hurricane SeasonHurricane Tips for Businesses

    For information on hurricane preparedness both at home and for the workplace, download the How to Prepare for a Hurricane Guide, the Prepare Your Organization for a Hurricane Playbook, or watch the When the Waves Swell animated video. Also read: Hurricane Safety Week & How do Hurricanes relate to Extreme Heat?

    Have an evacuation plan.Have an evacuation plan.

  • Get Real-Time Emergency Alerts on Your Mobile Device

    WEA_logo_smlDo you know when a tornado is coming?

    Did you know it is possible to get real-time alerts and warnings ahead of time?

    According to the 2015 Federal Emergency Management Agency National Household Survey, three out of four people know how to get real-time alerts and warnings ahead of a storm. Make sure you are one of them.

    Stay safe against severe weather with real-time emergency alerts on your cellular phone and computer. Keep yourself prepared for the unexpected by receiving information about emergencies in your area. Learn more about Wireless Emergency Alerts: WEAsAwareness

    Review the Know Your Alerts and Warnings fact sheet from Prepareathon to receive alerts as soon as possible.

  • 2017 Preparedness Summit

    As public health professionals looks towards the next two decades, one thing is certain, the world will not look the same as it does today. Our changing environment, technological innovation and increasing population density in urban areas are just some of the driving forces that will test our ability to take actions to prepare, respond, and recovery from disasters. The focus of the 2017 Preparedness Summit is to explore the factors driving change in our world, analyze how they will impact the future of public health preparedness, and identify opportunities we have today to drive action toward meeting our future needs.


    The goal of the Preparedness Summit is to provide a venue where participants are exposed to current information, research findings, and practical tools to enhance the participants’ capabilities to plan and prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters and other public health emergencies. Learn more

    Also read: Mitigation-Preparedness-Response-Recovery

    Are you READY? Are you READY?
  • National Hurricane Conference, April 17 - 20 in New Orleans

    The Hurricane Conference You Don't Want to Miss...

    The-National-Hurricane-LogoFour packed days of professional development emphasizing lessons learned from past hurricane strikes, exposure to state of the art programs worthy of emulation, new ideas from your fellow emergency managers and more!

    The nation's forum for education and professional training in hurricane preparedness, the conference hosts over 2,000 attendees from all over the country to cover all major aspects of hurricane preparedness, response and recovery. In addition, the conference serves as a national forum for federal, state and local officials to exchange ideas and recommend new policies to improve Emergency Management.

    The primary goal of the National Hurricane Conference is to improve hurricane preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation in order to save lives and property in the United States and the tropical islands of the Caribbean and Pacific. Last year, the conference added a security component track to the conference to provide an interdisciplinary approach to emergency preparedness training. Security topics include "Active Shooter Topic Incorporating Best Practices", "The Terrorist Surveillance and Planning Cycle" and "Protecting Critical Infrastructure."

    What can you expect to learn at the National Hurricane Conference?

    • This year the conference will host EMI and FEMA certificate courses (you must pre-register) and three full days of conference workshops and training sessions on a wide range of topics for Emergency Managers.
    • A full day general session of speakers including Craig Fugate, (Former Director of FEMA)  and Director Rick Knabb from the National Hurricane Center.
    • Certificate classes also include Basic PIO training and Introduction and application of HURREVAC.
    Are you READY? Are you READY?

    WRN-AmbassadorAs you may know, Hurricane Matthew is expected to impact the southeastern U.S. over the next few days. As Weather Ready Nation Ambassadors, we encourage you to access these preparedness information resources and most importantly, we'd like to motivate you, your employees, friends, families, and community to prepare and respond to #Matthew. The rain, flooding, storm surge, and wind of a hurricane can be life-threatening.


    STEP 1: Check your local forecast on,, commercial apps, or your local TV/radio station, and make sure your NOAA Weather Radio is ready to go!

    STEP 2: Prepare with tips from and the below infographic.

    STEP 3: Work your plan!

    STEP 4: Follow your local forecast office on Twitter and Facebook to keep up with #Matthew

    Go to

    Here are a few notable accounts:

    National Hurricane Center

    Hurricane Specialist Unit Operations @NHC_Atlantic
    Real-time, operational information or announcements regarding active tropical cyclones and disturbances, for our two basins of responsibility. Automated tweets are generated whenever a Public Advisory (TCP) or Tropical Cyclone Update (TCU) has been issued.

    Tropical Analysis and Forecast Branch @NHC_TAFB
    Issues more than 100 marine products daily covering millions of square miles of the Atlantic and eastern Pacific Ocean.

    Storm Surge @NHC_Surge
    Storm surge forecasts during an event, resources permitting. The feed will enhance preparedness and outreach efforts throughout the year, and provide news and announcements on updates to the SLOSH modeling system and storm surge decision support tools.

    STEP 5: Share these simple steps #Matthew with others!

    Hurricane Infographic

  • 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.

  • Be Ready for Hurricane Season

    Is your phone ready?


    Are you READY? Are you READY?
  • Hurricane Safety Week

    Hurricane_19Today is the last day of Hurricane Safety Week - but only the beginning of Hurricane Season.

    Take time to review your Emergency Plans, and think about your hurricane and other emergency preparedness at home, and work, and on the road.

  • Hurricanes mean Flooding

    It is still Hurricane Preparedness Week. While Today's theme is "Assemble Disaster Supplies", we harp on that subject year-round, so we thought we would address another issue. Hurricanes and Storm Surges create flooding, not just on the coast, but far inland as well.

    Preparing for a Hurricane means also being ready for flood waters, no matter where your home or work may be.

    hurricane-floodingFlooding: There are so many risks, dangers, and considerations for floods – it is difficult to know where to begin. Obviously follow any directives, such as evacuation notices. Learn about your community's emergency plans, warning signals, evacuation routes, and locations of emergency shelters. Identify potential home hazards and know how to secure or protect them before the flood strikes. Be prepared to turn off electrical power when there is standing water, fallen power lines, or before you evacuation. Turn off gas and water supplies before you evacuate. Secure structurally unstable building materials. Just a few inches of water from a flood can cause tens of thousands of dollars in damage. Flash floods often bring walls of water 10 to 20 feet high. A car can easily be carried away by just two feet of floodwater. If driving, remember “Turn Around, Don’t Drown.” Floods can come unexpectedly and suddenly, so be prepared to evacuate flooded areas on short notice, prepare by having a “Go Bag” ready at home, work, school, and in your car.


    ?     Planning for Emergencies

    ?     Tsunami Season

    ?     Weather Ready Nation

    Did you know that fire is a major risk during floods? It's true! Water and electricity do not mix well - not only is there risk of electrocution, but wet wires spark and can ignite a fire. Have a licensed electrician raise electric components (switches, sockets, circuit breakers and wiring) at least 12" above your home's projected flood elevation. Buy a fire extinguisher and make sure your family knows where it is and how to use it. Waterproof your basements, clear debris from gutters and downspouts, and consider purchasing flood insurance.

    Also read ? Flood Safety Awareness

    Learn About Specific Types of Disaster Preparedness

  • 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...
    Road Warrior - see all our Auto Emergency Survival Kits! Road Warrior - see all our Auto Emergency Survival Kits!

    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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