Be prepared for Atlantic hurricane season with NVFC hurricane preparedness resource center
The NVFC created the resource center to help communities tackle and overcome aftermaths of hurricane disasters.
Hurricane season is from June 1-November 30, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts that the 2010 Atlantic Hurricane Season will be active to extremely active. The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) wants to help communities be ready. The NVFC created this resource center to help fire/EMS departments prepare their communities for hurricane activity.
Preparedness is everyone's responsibility and DHS and FEMA provide information on the roles that individuals, states, localities, and the federal government should take in hurricane preparedness.
Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA)
Hurricane information, tips, and links from the FEMA, including what to do before, during, and after a hurricane.
The hurricane section of FEMA's citizen preparedness guide Are You Ready? provides basic information about hurricanes, a list of hurricane preparedness publications and hurricane preparedness tips.
The National Hurricane Program, housed under FEMA's Mitigation Division, conducts and supports many projects and activities that help protect communities and their residents from hurricane hazards. The NHP also conducts assessments and provides tools and technical assistance to state and local agencies in developing hurricane evacuation plans.
FEMA Independent Study Program: IS-324 Community Hurricane Preparedness is an interactive computer-based course designed to provide those involved in the decision-making process for hurricanes with basic information about 1) how hurricanes form, 2) the hazards they pose, 3) how the National Weather Service forecasts future hurricane behavior and 4) what tools and guiding principles can help emergency managers prepare their communities.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
NOAA's predictions for the 2009 hurricane season.
NOAA established a special Hurricane Preparedness web site that includes information regarding various aspects of hurricanes and hurricane preparedness, as well as actions that people can take based on specific hurricane hazards.
The National Hurricane Center maintains a continuous watch on tropical cyclones over the Atlantic, Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico and the Eastern Pacific from May 15 through November 30. The Center prepares and distributes hurricane watches and warnings for the general public, and also prepares and distributes marine and military advisories for other users.
National Volunteer Fire Council
Volunteer firefighters whose homes have been impacted by a state- or federally-declared disaster can apply for financial assistance through the NVFC Volunteer Firefighter Support Fund.
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