Sunday, September 04, 2016

'Tis the Season

Hurricane Season
The Atlantic Hurricane Season officially started on June 1 and ends on November 30. Safe to say no one is ever looking to be impacted by a hurricane. However, weather happens and in the case of any storm warning, it's a very good idea to keep informed and to think Boy Scout motto : be prepared.

Recommended Web Sites
Here's a range of web sites worth consulting during hurricane season. The list includes links to storm-tracking sites; sites with storm preparedness and family safety information, and educational web videos that may or may not alarm your kids (use your judgement).

There is certainly some duplication across sites but this is not a bad thing...

National Hurricane Center : National Weather Service
Atlantic Storm Names : 2012's Atlantic storm names and the safety reasons for naming procedures
Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale : Rates a hurricane's intensity using wind speed

Hurricane Preparedness : Advice from the American Red Cross
CT Guide to Emergency Preparedness : Tips from the CT Dept of Emergency Services and Public Protection
Be Ready : Hurricane advice from FEMA with tabs for Before, During and After
Caring for Animals : Includes a pet-ready brochure from FEMA; also link to the Humane Society
Preparing for Disasters : Tips from the IRS about safeguarding your financial records
Be Ready Kids : The kid-friendly version of Be-Ready, above.

How Stuff Works : Hurricanes and from NASA/NOAA SciJinks: How Does a Hurricane Work?

Keeping In Touch Locally
If you have not yet done so, please do consider signing up to receive East Hampton ALERTS. Signing up will help you keep informed about a range of safety and emergency issues of concern to you and your family. Click here to login or create an account.

Town Manager Mike Maniscalco's Twitter page is also a very useful stop for mobile users looking for up-to-date status on local emergency management topics. You do not need to have a Twitter account to view this page.

Storm Safety
Take some time to view an educational video developed by Eversource CT. The video provides life saving information for anyone who encounters an unsafe electrical hazard.