For the 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season, NWS Brownsville/Rio Grande Valley will provide an experimental Spanish Language Hurricane Local Statement (Spanish HLS). The Spanish HLS will provide the same critical information for the protection of life and property as its English counterpart. Information will be provided on wind, storm surge, rainfall flooding and tornadoes. The information will include the threat, potential impact, and protective action recommendation for each hazard. The Spanish HLS is designed to remove potential ambiguity in English-to-Spanish translation by third-party software, and eliminate the need for residents who read or understand English poorly to rely on other sources to provide translation, which should save valuable time necessary for personal preparedness decisions.
Spanish HLS will directly reach a substantial population in the Rio Grande Valley that speaks English as a second language, or not at all. Members of this population are among the poorest and most socioeconomically vulnerable in the region, and stand to suffer the greatest loss of life and property from a tropical cyclone impact. The Spanish HLS has been quality controlled by Spanish-language proficient members of the NWS Brownsville/Rio Grande Valley team to ensure the information is easily understood by the vast majority of Spanish speakers whose dialect is unique to the Rio Grande Valley.
Should a tropical storm or hurricane threaten the Rio Grande Valley, the Spanish HLS will be provided concurrently with the English HLS. Spanish-language radio, television, and online news affiliates can access the text information, segmented by location (county/counties) and potential impact, at http://forecast.weather.gov/product.php?site=NWS&issuedby=SPN&product=HLS&format=CI&version=1&glossary=1. Spanish HLS will also be provided on two Spanish-language specific NOAA Weather Radio stations that cover the Rio Grande Valley. A special link to the Spanish HLS will be available at http://weather.gov/rgv immediately below the Top News of the Day section, near the top of the page.
An example of the Spanish HLS can be found here; see the images below for sample text.