Posted by: Public Affairs
Every Friday, we post a “What We’re Watching” blog as we look ahead to the weekend. We encourage you to share it with your friends and family, and have a safe weekend.
Hurricane Season Continues
September 30, 2011 – Image from the National Hurricane Center of location of Hurricane Ophelia and tropical storm Philippe.
We continue to closely monitor Hurricane Ophelia and tropical storm Philippe in the Atlantic. While forecasts from the National Hurricane Center call for Ophelia to stay in the Atlantic, the projected path of Philippe may bring it closer to the U.S. and its territories. While neither storm posts an immediate threat, they serve as a reminder to get prepared for severe tropical weather, especially if you live in coastal or inland areas.
Hurricane season lasts until November 30, so make sure you and your loved ones have taken steps to prepare in case disaster strikes. Visit Ready.gov/hurricanes for more information on preparing for tropical storms or hurricanes.
And no matter what the risks are in your area, Ready.gov has information on building your emergency kit and making your family communication plan so you can know how to stay safe if disaster strikes.
Continuing the Spirit of National Preparedness Month
Today marks the final day of National Preparedness Month, a time when many across the country share the importance of getting prepared for emergencies. And even though September has come to an end, emergency preparedness should remain a priority for everyone year round.
Next month, you can get involved and participate in the Great California ShakeOut, an earthquake drill where you can practice how to stay safe during and after an earthquake. (And you don’t need to live in California to participate.)
We encourage you to talk about emergency preparedness to others in your family and neighborhood, emphasizing the importance and potential benefits of getting a kit, having a plan, and staying informed. A great place to start is Ready.gov, where you will find information on how to keep your family and property safe if disaster strikes.
You can also receive regular preparedness tips via text message: text PREPARE to 43362 (4FEMA). Standard message and data rates apply.
And we’d like to extend a heartfelt “Thank You” to the thousands of National Preparedness Month Coalition members who pledged to share emergency preparedness during September. Successful emergency management takes a team, and we’re grateful for your commitment to play an important role!