Saturday, June 19, 2010

This is PasadenaMatt, the Public Safety monitor for the Forecast Team. We have researching this new page for some time, and I am pleased to present it as we head toward the end of winter and upcoming weather events.
All Hazards Approach
6:45 PM Saturday 6.19.2010  Hello Everyone. Since it is Hurricane Season, I thought I would update this section so everyone can prepare for a safe Hurricane Season. Hurricanes bring dangerous winds, rain, flooding, tornados, and storm surge. The best approach is an all hazards approach. Being prepared for all types of weather and emergencies is very important. People think that even a Tropical Storm or weak Hurricane is not a big deal but these small weaker storms can still pack the punch.

During this quiet time of hurricane tracking, it is best to prepare for your families for these storms. Get a kit, Make a plan, and stay informed.

Get a Kit
Making a kit can be easy and not expensive. You can buy the supplies when they are on sale or you can go to the Dollar Store and find cheaper supplies.

What Every Kit Should Have In It:
  • Clean Water-Atleast 1 gallon per person for atleast 3 days (The More the Better)
  • Non-Perishable Food-Powdered Milk, Peanut Butter, Crackers, Powdered Potato Mix, etc. (Atleast 3 Days but more the better).
  • Radio-The Best are Battery Powdered, Hand-Cranked, or even solar powdered.
  • First Aid Kit
  • Extra Perscription and Non-Perscription Medicine
  • Flash Lights
  • Batteries
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Smoke Detectors
  • Sleeping Bags (If you have to evacuate to a shelter)
  • Local Maps (If you have to evacuate to a shelter)
  • List of Important Phones
  • Land-line Phone (Really Good For Power Outages)
Make a Plan
Make a plan determining what you will do for all hazards. During most emergencies, everyone isnt always in the same place at the right time. Have a list of important numbers and numbers for extended family members. Have a plan for where you will meet during emergencies.

Stay Informed
Be informed is very important. Knowledge for all hazards is the best aproach. Being prepared for hurricane season is important but you should also be informed for all hazards all year long.

Some Important Links for More Information:

4:45 PM FRI 3.12.2010  A Major rainstorm is affecting the Mid-Atlantic Region throughout the weekend. 2-3+ inches of rain is likely over many areas. Expect flooding conditions in areas that have poor drainage and low-lying areas. The National Weather Service has issued many Advisories, Watches and Warnings across the eastern seaboard. If you live near poor drainage areas or low-lying areas, you should monitor the water conditions. Power outages are likely do the saturation of the ground.

IF Roads are Flooded DO NOT drive through them.

Ready for the wind?

6:30 AM WED 2.24.2010 A major winter storm is Likely to affect the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions from tonight into and Friday. Heavy snow and very windy conditions are expected. Preliminary snowfall ideas revisited by 8:30 AM. This is a model run of potential winds for Thursday, as shown in knots. Converted to MPH shows cities like Baltimore and Philadelphia in the wind field of 27+ MPH sustained.

Overall, the region should eventually see sustained winds at 30 mph+ with gusts approaching 50 mph by tomorrow night. The winds could even strengthen, and with many trees weakened from the multiple damaging storms this winter season, more widespread power outages may be possible.

If you found yourself less-than-prepared in previous storms, then consider obtaining these items: Bottled water, non-perishable food, working flashlights with extra batteries, battery operated radio, blankets. If you have to travel during the storm, keep these items in your vehicle, and assure your family knows your schedule and your directions you travel.

Keep advised to the latest National Weather Service updates and reports from your Forecast Team.  On Preparedness: American Red Cross | Homeland Security | FEMA

8:45 AM SUNDAY 2.21.2010

Due to the upcoming rainfall expected, everyone should clear their drains that are located on their streets. Everyone should also make sure that their fire hydrants are clear of snow and ice around them.

This page is designed to provide readers with three features:

1. Nowcast perspective on safety-related concerns during significant weather;

2. Long range "looking ahead" perspective on preparations to consider making ahead of a high impact events such as floods, severe weather, hurricanes, winter storms;

3. Followup and lessons learned about effectiveness of preparations, and what individuals, families or government agencies would consider doing different the next time a similar event occurs.

Relevant links to local, state and federal resources regarding public safety will be included on a regular basis, such as Homeland Security, FEMA, state and local emergency management, the Red Cross among other organizations committed to keeping the public informed and prepared. Your comments and questions are welcome as we continue to add weather-related content to this page.

The following links are related to Preparedness:

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