The Atlantic Hurricane season began officially on June 1. But even a few days before, Tropical Depression One formed off the coast of the Carolina’s, pretty far north for a TD this early in the season. Although we’ve already missed National Hurricane Preparedness Week (May 24-30), it’s never too late to be Living Prepared™ for the Atlantic Hurricane Season.
I attended a webinar today entitled “2009 Hurricane Preparedness for Critical Infrastructure” run by the Department of Homeland Security. While this was geared towards a briefing on how the national authorities have planned to respond to major events like hurricanes to protect critical infrastructure and key resources (CIKR in government acronym-speak), it provided some useful insights on the threats of the 2009 Atlantic hurricane season. Here’s some tidbits I wanted to pass on:
- “All incidents are local incidents” – so reach out and know how to make contact with your local first responder agencies. Good advice.
- The 2009 Atlantic Hurricane Forecasts for an average season. The National Hurricane Center predicts there will be 9-14 named stored; 4-7 hurricanes with 1-3 major hurricanes. The University of Colorado has predicted 12 named storms, 6 hurricanes and 2 major hurricanes (category 3+).
- The frequency of hurricanes peaks around September 10th, with most hurricanes and tropical storms occurring between mid- to late-August and the beginning of October.
There are a lot of great resources online about hurricanes, hurricane preparedness, storm warnings and alerts. As I’ve done for H1N1, we’ll post a lot of these links in the right and left columns of this site for ease of reference and also let you know where to find them so you can follow them yourself directly. For now, I recommend the following:
- National Hurricane Center homepage – updated 4X daily with latest storm activity
- National Hurricane Center Tropical Cyclone Climatology page - has a lot of useful charts showing where and when hurricanes and tropical storms have impacted the US
- Ready.gov – includes information about how to prepare for a hurricane and includes online and downloadable family emergency planning tools
- NOAA’s Hurricane Preparedness Site – includes lots of background information about hurricanes, hurricane preparedness and planning advice
Living Prepared™ for the Atlantic Hurricane Season
This next series in Living Prepared™ with focus on the practical steps you should take to ready yourself, your home and your family for a hurricane impacting your area. It will include advice for building stocks of emergency supplies in your home, readying your home to survive in a storm, and preparing for evacuation. And I’ll track my own preparations in our newly renovated house in Brooklyn, NY.
But as recommended by FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security, Living Prepared™ will take an all-hazards approach to emergency preparedness. What this means is that the your household emergency supplies, go-bags and other steps you take to prepare yourself and your families for emergencies and disasters will be effective against all possible emergencies and disasters – whether an earthquake, hurricane, tornado, flood, fire or chemical hazard. So the preparations we go through for this Hurricane Season will carry us throughout the year.
The topics we’ll cover are:
- Household emergency supplies – what you should be storing/stocking in your home to take you through an emergency
- Personal and Family Go-Bags – what you should be preparing to take with you should you need to evacuate
- Vehicle Preparedness – what you should be doing to make sure your vehicle is prepared to evacuate you and your family
- Developing a Household Emergency Plan
And I’ll try to document my own progress at practicing what I preach. As we’ve recently moved back into our Brooklyn house after six months of renovations, I have to build up my own emergency stocks. My personal goal will be to be preparedand have everything in place by the time hurricane season opens for New York City on August 1.
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