The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration took a progressive approach to hurricane preparedness this week. NOAA National Hurricane Center Director Dr. Rick Knabb and senior hurricane specialist Daniel Brown hosted a live session on Twitter using #HurriChat to answer questions about tracking these storms and best practices for preparation. These were the Tweets we found most insightfull when it comes to preparing for hurricanes.
Q: @TheDCLBlog “Do you have any suggestions on how to properly manage peoples expectations without inducing a panic?”
A: @NOAALive “Learn from past hurricanes: outcome is much better if you prepare ahead of time, don’t wait until last minute.”
Q: @KLE9704 “Do NHC staff meet and discuss plans w/emergency mgrs of states that are hurricane prone during the “off-season?”
A: @NOAALive “Absolutely. NHC works with state & local EMs throughout the year on training, exercises & new products”
Q: @itsalleterna “is the Saffir-Simpson scale outdated? It seems lately storms of low categories are still doing catastrophic damage…”l
A: @NOAALive “We don’t emphasize Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Instead focus on specific hazards at your location.” “Doesn’t take major hurricane or even hurricane to have major impacts. Despite category, can have big impacts.”
Q: @BrantlyKeiek “Which has a better chance of being targeted for landfall from potetnial #Erin – Mexico or the northern Gulf Coast?”
A: @NOAALive “Too much uncertainty before formation. Could be either or neither. Keep monitoring NHC Trop. Wx. Outlook”
You can read a full recap of the Tweets from #HurriChat here. Preparis also hosted an educational webinar on 2013 hurricane preparedness, featuring a hurricane tabletop exercise, which is available to replay here. You can also download our hurricane checklist to ensure your business is prepared to weather the storm. For more information, contact Preparis directly or give us a call at 404.662.2950. Also, keep up with us on Twitter and Facebook.