Preparedness Alert: Tsunami Advisory for the West Coast

September 29, 2009

Preparedness Alert

Persons in low-lying coastal areas should be alert to instructions from their local emergency officials and the National Weather Service. Evacuations are only ordered by emergency response agencies. Persons in Tsunami Advisory areas should move out of the water, off the beach and out of harbors and marinas. Currents may be hazardous to swimmers, boats and coastal structures and may continue for several hours after the initial wave arrival.

Here are some actions you can take to prepare:

Build a Kit: Pack three days of food, water and supplies in a bag. Also include medications, important documents, contact information, radio, first aid kit, map, money, tools, personal supplies, pet supplies.

Make a Plan: Establish responsibilities to each member of your family and work together as a team. Tell everyone in the household where emergency information and supplies are kept. Develop a family communication plan.

Be Informed: Identify how local authorities will notify you during a disaster and how you will get information, whether through local radio, TV or NOAA Weather Radio stations or channels.

Tips to stay safe in the snow

March 1, 2009
Weather Warnings Map from the National Weather Service

Weather Warnings Map from the National Weather Service

A major weather front is expected along the east coast over the next 36 hours. According to the National Weather Service:

A major winter storm is expected along the Interstate 95 corridor from the Carolinas to Maine through Monday. Heavy snow is expected to arrive in the Washington DC area by mid to late Sunday afternoon. Snowfall could accumulate from 7 to 14 inches from DC to Boston by Monday evening. For latest forecasts and warnings for your location, please check your local Weather Forecast Office web site.

Here’s how you can prepare:


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