NOAA hurricane awareness site offers assistance

NOAA hurricane awareness site offers assistance

Beach season is approaching, and the population of coastal areas is growing, which increases the possibility of hurricane devastation in the United States.


Lack of information can escalate a hurricane disaster, so NOAA's National Weather Service has developed a Web site that explains hazards and offers survival tips to minimize risks. The site was scheduled to go online May 1.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Weather Service agency is answering the threat with a hurricane awareness Web site that has information about hazards and disaster prevention.

Officials unveiled a prototype of the site, at www.nhc.noaa.gov/HAW/index.htm, during the National Hurricane Conference in Washington last month. The site was scheduled to go live on May 1, NWS officials said.

'I invite our hurricane partners on the state and regional level to join us in creating a nationwide coordinated outreach effort, aimed at offering the public critical information related to hurricane awareness and safety,' said NWS director Jack Kelly, a retired Air Force brigadier general.

A Hurricane Awareness Week campaign, slated for May 21 to May 25, and the Web site can help the public prepare and minimize risks, Kelly said.

'Julie Britt

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