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Hurricane Awareness  
  National Hurricane Preparedness Week
History teaches that a lack of hurricane awareness and preparation are common threads among all major hurricane disasters. By knowing your vulnerability and what actions you should take, you can reduce the effects of a hurricane disaster. Hurricane Preparedness Week during 2008 will be held May 25th through May 31st.

The goal of this Hurricane Preparedness Web site is to inform the public about the hurricane hazards and provide knowledge which can be used to take ACTION. This information can be used to save lives at work, home, while on the road, or on the water.

Hurricane History Storm Surge & Marine Safety High Winds & Tornadoes Inland Flooding Forecast Process Be Prepared Take Action
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Hurricane hazards come in many forms: storm surge, high winds, tornadoes, and flooding. This means it is important for your family to have a plan that includes all of these hazards. Look carefully at the safety actions associated with each type of hurricane hazard and prepare your family disaster plan accordingly. But remember this is only a guide. The first and most important thing anyone should do when facing a hurricane threat is to use common sense.

You should be able to answer the following questions before a hurricane threatens:

  • What are the Hurricane Hazards?
  • What does it mean to you?
  • What actions should you take to be prepared?


Download the Hurricane Preparedness Week Poster (2008 version)
High Resolution Poster (1.8MB PDF)

Coastal PopulationVisit the NOAA Coastal Services Center Historical Hurricane Tracks website to learn about historical tropical cyclones occurring in different areas located throughout the Atlantic, Caribbean, and Gulf of Mexico. The website provides information about U.S. coastal county population versus hurricane strikes as well as links to various Internet resources focusing on tropical cyclones. The interactive mapping application allows you to search the National Hurricane Center historical tropical cyclone database and graphically display storms affecting your area since 1851.


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Thanks to everyone that contributed to this Web site. It is their time and experience that make all of us better prepared for the Hurricane Season.

COMET ProgramThe source of some of the material in this website is the Cooperative Program for Operational Meteorology, Education, and Training (COMET®) Web site at http://meted.ucar.edu/ of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR). The original material was funded by the National Weather Service (NWS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). ©1999 University Corporation for Atmospheric Research. All Rights Reserved.

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