Hurricane Season 2014
The 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season has arrived and forecasters from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predict a near or below normal season. Predictions include anywhere from eight to thirteen tropical storms, three to six hurricanes, and one to two major hurricanes. The driving force behind this year’s anticipated slow season is the development of El Niño this summer. El Niño “causes stsronger wind shear, which reduces the number and intensity of tropical storms and hurricanes”.
Despite these predictions, it is still always important to be prepared in the event of a hurricane or hurricane-related disaster. Hurricanes often cause other types of emergency situations, including storm surge and inland flooding.
To help you plan and be ready in case of a hurricane or hurricane related disaster, here are some useful resources:
- NN/LM Emergency Preparedness & Response Toolkit contains a variety of news and resources (from storm reports to table-top activities).
- The NN/LM SCR also offers a portal page of resources for Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Recovery.
- The website for the National Hurricane Center offers comprehensive information for before, during, and after the storm.
- Find recommendations for a basic disaster supplies kit on FEMA’s Ready.gov website.
- The Hurricane app by the American Red Cross offers a one touch “I’m safe” messaging system that allows user to broadcast their safety status via social media , the locations of open Red Cross shelters, as well as a toolkit with a flashlight, strobe light, and audible alarm.
- Visit the Disaster Information Management Research Center’s website for more information and resources on hurricane and disaster preparedness.
Also, be sure to visit previous Blogadillo posts from the NN/LM SCR for additional resources!