May 29 2012
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Hurricane Season Begins June 1

Tropical Depression Beryl, which could hit South Carolina tomorrow with heavy rain gusts and windy conditions, is the storm the National Weather Service (NWS) is watching during Hurricane Preparedness Week (May 27 through June 1). The alerts sent out by NWS this week are worth reading both for people in that area, and for the public generally in order to become familiar with the firsthand weather reports released by the agency that often include vital preparedness warnings days before severe weather hits.

New this year for Hurricane Preparedness Week:

  • YouTube public service announcements on hurricane-related topics such as safety tips.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has just released a planning guide and web portal for strategies to help identify and assist older adults living in the community during preparations for emergencies, including severe weather.

Resources from the Federal Emergency Management Agency on preparing for, coping with and recovering from a hurricane are available here.

>>Read more on public health preparedness.

Tags: Disasters, Preparedness