The winter weather continues to close libraries along the east coast. On Monday and Tuesday, many libraries closed in Georgia, Alabama, Kentucky, South Carolina, Mississippi, and North Carolina. Today, many libraries are closed in New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Connecticut. You can follow many of the closings on the left column of the Toolkit in NEPRTimes, which retweets library closing announcements picked up on Twitter. What is the extent of the snowfall? Click on this map from NOAA:
Archive for the ‘Hazardous Weather’ Category
The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Library has their “Inclement Weather” page up on their website today, due to the winter weather sweeping across the South. Check it out here: http://www.library.uams.edu/inclement-weather.aspx. The page is a great example of how a library can be closed, yet still interact with its patrons and continue to provide the services they need. Note the variety of services that are still available, from self-service options like their 24 hour study spaces and Interlibrary Loan to direct research help by a librarian via email, and updates via FaceBook and Twitter.
If you’re trapped in your car during a blizzard, what can you do to alert first responders that you need help? The Federal Emergency Agency (FEMA) reminds us that there are many things we can do to be prepared for severe winter weather, from flooding to blizzards. See their “Winter Storms and Extreme Cold” page at http://www.fema.gov/hazard/winter/index.shtm to become familiar with terminology and some specific ways to stay safe in the cold. The answer to the above question: at night, turn on the inside light of your car so rescuers can see you.
Our National Weather Service web site is an incredibly rich place for exploring and locating a variety of climate/weather/safety information. Today I found this page, S.E. US, Gulf of Mexico Weather, while looking for information about Hurricane Paula, which has been threatening the SE US for the past few days. Check out all the radio buttons offered over the top edge of the map to see other views of the area, such as water temperatures, the radar loop, etc. And click on any of the yellow icons on the map to open a window showing the weather and wave conditions at the observation site. You can zoom in by clicking on any locality and you can select the “Cities” button, then click on the city you’re interested in to see local conditions. This looks like a great tool for increasing awareness of possible weather-related emergency preparedness needs.
I found this site by selecting “Marine” under “Forecasts” on the main NWS page, then selecting “Portals.” There are also marine maps there for the Great Lakes as well as the other US coastal areas. Thanks, NWS!