May 22-28 is Hurricane Preparedness Week. Check out the “Key Facts About Hurricane Readiness” page on the CDC site: http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/hurricanes/readiness_factsheet.asp, especially if you are in the southeastern, southern, and Atlantic seaboard areas of the U. S.
The severe winter storm that affected (and still affecting) the Midwest, South, Southeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Northeast, gave libraries in these regions a great opportunity to activate their service continuity plans. If you don’t have a plan, this is a good time to prepare for the next major service disruption. (Resources to help you can be found on our Writing Your Disaster Plan page.) If you did have a plan, how did it go? Would you change anything? If so, this is a good time to make those changes.
Here is a NOAA satellite view of the winter storm. Note the similarities of a hurricane. (Click on image to enlarge.)
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!
A short video from the BBC …