Sitting at my desk the other day contemplating the clear blue sky and envisioning the rain that is predicted for this weekend care of Hurricane Irene (and working on an appropriate blog post) I began to feel dizzy and was having difficulty standing. Fearing a terrible case of vertigo I remained in my seat for a few moments waiting for the feeling to pass. Looking to my left at the bookshelves in the office I became aware that the building had begun to sway ever so slightly – left and then right – as if the hurricane gusts had already begun. As everyone knows now the shock waves of an earthquake shook the east coast affecting my little corner of the “never having experienced an earthquake” universe. Luckily no damage was done, but it served as a reminder that “You can’t expect the unexpected.”
Resources to help you prepare for that unexpected event
FEMA – The Federal Emergency Management Agency has taken steps to help us all prepare, plan and stay informed for emergencies. Their site ReadyAmerica provides steps that you can take to protect your family in emergency situtations, earthquakes, hurricanes, blackouts, thunderstorms and more. Included on the site is information to help you build an emergency supply kit, make a plan to protect your family, business, property and even your pet. It’s never too early to prepare, but it when an emergency occurs it is too late.
Now back to my regularly scheduled blog post.
Hurricane Irene is headed toward the North Carolina coast with winds reaching 120 MPH, and experts are predicting that her path may lead her up the East Coast as early as Saturday afternoon. It’s too early to determine if Irene will definitely arrive on our shores, but it’s never to early to prepare.
Visit the National Weather Service – National Hurricane Center – to track Irene and see all the details regarding this hurricane.
You can also visit the Weather Channel for updates and warnings for the Northeast.
The National Weather Service National Hurricane Center provides hurricane hazard information basics, storm surge, marine safety, high winds, tornadoes, inland flooding, and other important hurricane information.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has produced a public service announcement with easy to follow advice.
There is also valuable hurricane related information directly on the FEMA website.
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posted by Susan – Health Reference Services