Public Information Statement
Friday, May 29, 2009


...THIS IS HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS WEEK...

TODAYS TOPIC:  DISASTER PREVENTION PLAN

THE GOAL OF HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS WEEK IS TO PROVIDE EDUCATION
ABOUT THE HAZARDS ASSOCIATED WITH A HURRICANE WHICH WILL PREPARE YOU
TO TAKE ACTION AS A HURRICANE APPROACHES. THIS INFORMATION MAY SAVE
YOUR LIFE, AT WORK, HOME, ON THE ROAD, OR ON THE WATER. EACH DAY OF
HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS WEEK FEATURES A UNIQUE TOPIC RELEVANT TO
EDUCATION AND AWARENESS. HURRICANE SEASON OFFICIALLY RUNS FROM JUNE
1ST UNTIL NOVEMBER 30TH FOR THE ATLANTIC, CARIBBEAN AND GULF OF
MEXICO.

TODAY WE WILL FOCUS ON DEVELOPING A DISASTER PREVENTION PLAN.
THE MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU CAN DO IS TO BE WELL INFORMED AND
PREPARED. THE FIRST STEP IN DEVELOPING A DISASTER PLAN IS TO
RECOGNIZE THE TYPES OF HAZARDS THAT MAY EFFECT YOUR HOME OR
COMMUNITY.

HERE ARE SOME QUESTIONS YOU NEED TO ANSWER...

ARE YOU NEAR A FLOOD ZONE?

DO YOU LOSE POWER FREQUENTLY DURING WIND STORMS?

DO YOU HAVE A SAFE PLACE IN YOUR HOME?

DO YOU HAVE PROPER INSURANCE COVERAGE?

DO YOU HAVE NON-PERISHABLE SUPPLIES?

DO YOU HAVE A FIRST AID KIT?

WHEN YOU HEAR OF A TROPICAL STORM OR HURRICANE WATCH OR WARNING,
PAY SPECIAL ATTENTION TO ITS EXPECTED ARRIVAL TIME AND LOCAL
IMPACTS, SUCH AS HIGH WINDS AND FLOODING.

A SAFE PLACE IS A LOCATION WITHIN YOUR HOME THAT WILL PROTECT YOU
FROM STORM DAMAGE.  ONCE A HURRICANE MOVES ONSHORE, IT WILL
WEAKEN, BUT MAY STILL PRODUCE WIND GUSTS IN EXCESS OF 100 MPH MANY
MILES INLAND. THE SAFEST PLACE IS A BASEMENT WITH NO WINDOWS. IF
YOU DO NOT HAVE A BASEMENT, GO TO THE INTERIOR HALLWAY OR ROOM
ON THE LOWEST FLOOR WITHOUT WINDOWS. INLAND TROPICAL STORMS CAN ALSO
PRODUCE TORNADOES. IF A TORNADO WARNING IS ISSUED FOR YOUR AREA, GO
TO YOUR SAFE PLACE IMMEDIATELY.

UNLIKE TORNADOES, HURRICANES CAN PRODUCE DAMAGE OVER A LARGE AREA.
DUE TO THE WIDESPREAD NATURE OF THE DAMAGE, IT WILL TAKE LONGER FOR
POWER CREWS TO RESTORE POWER TO EVERYONE...SEVERAL DAYS IN SOME
INSTANCES...SO MAKE SURE YOU HAVE SEVERAL DAYS OF EMERGENCY SUPPLIES
ON HAND.

HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS WEEK CONTINUES ON SATURDAY WITH INFORMATION ON
HURRICANE AWARENESS.

FOR ADDITIONAL HISTORICAL OR PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION, YOU
CAN VISIT THESE SITES ON THE WORLD WIDE WEB:

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA
WWW.SRH.NOAA.GOV/BMX

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MOBILE, ALABAMA
WWW.SRH.NOAA.GOV/MOB

NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER
WWW.NHC.NOAA.GOV
WWW.NHC.NOAA.GOV/HAW2/ENGLISH/INTRO.SHTML

FEMA
WWW.FEMA.GOV/AREYOUREADY/HURRICANES.SHTM

AMERICAN RED CROSS
WWW.REDCROSS.ORG/SERVICES/DISASTERS

NOAA COASTAL SERVICES CENTER - HISTORICAL HURRICANE TRACKS
HTTP://MAPS.CSC.NOAA.GOV/HURRICANES


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