Friday, July 24, 2009

* 2009 Hurricane Preparedness Week (May 24th - May 30th 2009)

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 affects of a hurricane disaster.

The goal of Hurricane Preparedness Week (May 24th - May 30th 2009) is to is to provide knowledge which can be used to take action and protect lives and property while at work or at home, whether on the road or on the water.

You should be able to answer the following questions before a tropical system threatens:

  • What are the hazards
  • How will this affect me
  • What actions should I take to be prepared

In order to assist you with decision making and common sense, each day this week the National Weather Service has highlighted a different topic relating to the history, affects, forecasts, preparedness and actions required when confronting land falling tropical systems such as hurricanes, tropical storms and tropical depressions; these topics and their appropriate links are listed below:

Sunday - Hurricane History

Monday - Storm Surge

Tuesday - High Winds

Wednesday - Inland Flooding

Thursday - Forecast Process

Friday - Be Prepared

Saturday - Take Action

It is important for your family/work to have a plan that includes the potential hazards. Look carefully at the safety actions associated with each type of tropical system hazard and prepare your family/work disaster plan accordingly.

(More information can be found by visiting the following web site: National Hurricane Preparedness Week )