Preparing for Extreme Weather

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Preparing for Extreme Heat

Extreme heat events can happen anywhere in the United States. Extreme heat commonly occurs in the summer; however the main season for heat waves may vary regionally.

America’s PrepareAthon! will focus on extreme heat and how to prepare for this intense weather condition next week, Sunday, May 22 – Saturday, May 28.

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For more information on extreme heat conditions, check out the Ready Campaign website.

Indoor Sheltering During Disasters

Sometimes it’s best to stay inside.

Whether at home, work, school, or elsewhere, there may be situations when remaining where you are inside a sturdy building and taking additional actions for the specific hazard is the safe thing to do to protect yourself and your loved ones from harm. The following are examples of indoor shelter for weather specific emergencies:

·        Extreme Heat: Stay indoors with air conditioning and limit sun exposure. If you do not have air conditioning, go to a building that does.

·        Flood: Stay on high ground or get to high ground. If you are advised to evacuate, follow directions. And never walk or drive through floodwaters.

·        Thunderstorm, Lightning, and Hail: When thunder roars, go indoors! Get or stay inside a sturdy building if you hear thunder or see lightning. Stay away from windows, skylights, and plumbing.

·        Wind (Tornado or Hurricane): Seek cover in a FEMA Safe Room, ICC 500 Storm Shelter, or Best Available Refuge Area (BARA) identified by a qualified architect or engineer.  If that is not available, go to a small, interior, windowless room (e.g., bathroom, closet) in a sturdy building on the lowest level of the building not affected by floodwaters.

·        Winter Storm: Prepare to stay warm at home or at work. Stay inside and off the roads.

Before any emergency, be sure to learn how to obtain alerts and warnings,develop shelter and communications plans, and gather emergency supplies.

If you have a generator to use in the event of a power outage, be sure it’s located outside the home and far enough away to prevent exhaust fumes from entering the building.

New Launches During Hurricane Preparedness Week

This year, for the first time, the  National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Hurricane Awareness Tour aligns with the presidentially-declared National Hurricane Preparedness Week and the new #HurricaneStrong public outreach campaign. As part of the outreach campaign, the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) launched, which includes a section for kids.

Kids nationwide can join in #HurricaneStrong activities by participating in the 2016 hurricane drill on the Hurricane Strong Kids website. Activities include tracking mock Hurricane S.W.I.F.T.

In addition, the U.S. Air Force, NOAA’s Aircraft Operations Center, and NOAA  outreach teams are taking to the skies to drive public readiness in San Antonio, TX; Galveston, TX; New Orleans, LA; Mobile, AL; and Naples, FL. This united effort is bringing together the National Hurricane Center, FEMA,The Weather Channel, and the FLASH partnership with emergency management officials, leaders, and volunteers to make this year’s five-city, whistle-stop tour, the best yet.

The Hurricane Awareness Tour daily itinerary will offer leaders, teachers, students, and the general public an opportunity to tour the hurricane hunter aircraft, learn about hurricane preparedness, and interact with the FLASH partners and NOAA WeatherReady Nation Ambassadors, including the American Red Cross, Florida International University, Kohler Generators, Portland Cement Association, Simpson Strong-Tie, State Farm, University of Rhode Island, and the United Services Automobile Association

May 15 – May 21: Hurricane Preparedness WeekDates for Your Calendar

·        May 15 – May 21: National EMS Week

·        May 16 – May 18: Annual Safety Conference – Wisconsin Dells, WI

·        May 17: Webinar: Protect Your Business This Hurricane Season

·        May 20 – May 22: Lancaster County Firemen’s Association FIRE EXPO 2016 – Harrisburg, PA

·        May 22 – May 25: 2016 National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster – Minneapolis, MN

·        May 26: Webinar: Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month: Preparing Communities Through Partnerships

·        June 9: 2016 NH Emergency Preparedness Conference:Manchester, NH

·        June 11 –June 16: National Emergency Number Association Conference and Expo – Indianapolis, IN

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Photo of Jackie Murphy MillerJackie Murphy MillerNC AgVentures Grant Program Coordinator (919) 628-0163 jackie_miller@ncsu.eduANR/CRD - NC State University
Updated on May 23, 2016
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