Hurricane Preparedness Week Highlights Need for Education and Alerting

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Hurricane Preparedness Week

In the United States, the hurricane season begins on June 1, and runs through the end of November. To help prepare for the 2021 hurricane season, the National Weather Service is promoting Hurricane Preparedness Week, May 9-15. A number of free resources are available for organizations that may experience hurricanes to help them keep their people safe if confronted by a storm. Hurricanes can bring high winds and heavy rainfalls, resulting in flooding, structural damage, and even injury or death. Organizations need to understand the risks hurricanes pose and create a plan to prepare for and respond to hurricanes. In this blog post, we’ll outline the activities organizations can participate in during Hurricane Preparedness Week and how organizations can benefit from incorporating mass notification into their hurricane readiness plan.

Hurricane Readiness Resources

Effective preparation requires knowledge about what to prepare for. During this week, the National Weather Service has provided a detailed social media plan with a different hurricane safety theme for each day of the week. Organizations should also take into account how their plans may be impacted by the ongoing pandemic. While vaccination rollout has lessened the threat of the virus, the CDC still has recommendations for how to pair COVID-19 precautions with hurricane safety, including public shelter guidance. Organizations can also watch on-demand videos for how to prepare for and survive hurricanes.

Hurricanes and Mass Notification

As an NOAA Weather Ready Nation Ambassador, Singlewire Software is committed to providing organizations with the resources and tools they need to stay safe when threatened by severe weather events. Our InformaCast mass notification software can tie into the CAP feed from the National Weather Service to monitor for hurricane events in specific areas. When a hurricane approaches, InformaCast can trigger messages to all of an organization's on-premises and mobile devices with text, audio, and visuals. Desk phones, IP speakers, digital signage, desktop computers, mobile phones, and more can all be used to warn people about hurricane events. It can include information like evacuation and shelter-in-place instructions as well as provide links to other helpful information and updates. Notifications can be sent with confirmation responses to ensure people are safe and help deploy assistance to those in danger. Organizations can also use mass notifications to help share information about reopening or potential schedule challenges caused by storm damage.

 

 

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