Friday, May 31, 2013

National Hurricane Preparedness Week - Day 6 - Get A Plan!

National Hurricane Preparedness Week began May 26 and the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) reminds all Floridians to use this week to ensure they are prepared for hurricane season, which begins June 1. All Floridians should take the opportunity to review family and business emergency plans and restock disaster supply kits.

“National Hurricane Preparedness Week is an excellent opportunity for all Floridians to review plans and prepare for the upcoming hurricane season,” said FDEM Director Bryan W. Koon. “I urge all Florida’s residents and visitors to go to to Get A Plan and learn how to protect themselves and their families from a disaster.”

If you already have a family and business disaster plan and supply kit, now is the time to review, recycle and restock for 2013. If you are creating your first disaster plan and supply kit, use the information and tips at for help.  You can also find information and activities for kids at

Thursday, May 30, 2013

National Hurricane Preparedness Week - Day 5 - The Forecast Process

The primary mission of the National Weather Service and the National Hurricane Center is to save lives and protect property by issuing watches…warnings...forecasts...and analyses of hazardous weather conditions in the tropics. In the last 15 years hurricane track forecast errors have been significantly reduced. Hurricane track forecasts are more reliable today than ever and more accurate forecasts mean better preparations before the storm strikes.


Wednesday, May 29, 2013

National Hurricane Preparedness Week - Day 4 - Inland Flooding

When it comes to hurricanes, wind speeds do not tell the whole story. Hurricanes produce storm surges, tornadoes, and often the most deadly of all -- inland flooding.

When these powerful storms move over land, they lose wind strength but continue to dump massive amounts of rain into streams, rivers and lakes — posing a serious threat of inland flooding. These floods account for more than 50 percent of hurricane-related deaths each year.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

National Hurricane Preparedness Week - Day 3 Wind

Strong winds are the most common means of destruction associated with hurricanes. Their sometimes continuous barrage can uproot trees, knock over buildings and homes, fling potentially deadly debris around, sink or ground boats, and flip cars.

The intensity of a tropical cyclone is measured by the highest sustained wind speed found within it. Once it becomes a hurricane, the relative strength of that hurricane is also measured on a scale based on its greatest wind speed. This scale is named the Saffir-Simpson scale for the men who invented it.

Monday, May 27, 2013

National Hurricane Preparedness Week - Day 2 – Storm Surge

Storm Surge is an abnormal rise of water generated by a storm's winds. Storm surge can reach heights well over 20 feet and can span hundreds of miles of coastline and pose the greatest threat to life and property along the coast.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Hurricane Preparedness Week 2013

Hurricane Preparedness Week 2013 runs from May 26 through June 1.
Hurricane hazards come in many forms, including storm surge, high winds, tornadoes, and flooding. History teaches that a lack of hurricane awareness and preparation are common threads among all major hurricane disasters. By knowing your vulnerability and what actions you should take, you can reduce the effects of a hurricane disaster.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Coming Soon! Summer BreakSpot

Coming Soon!  

Free meals for kids & teens 18 years and under through the BreakSpot program.The program runs from 6/1/13-8/17/13.  To locate a site near you, call 2-1-1 or visit