New technology is allowing emergency officials in North Carolina to develop more effective evacuation plans in the case of a hurricane. New evacuation zones have been developed, taking into account new data available about tidal surges when hurricanes hit the coastline.
Colorado State University’s Tropical Meteorology Project continues to foresee above-average activity for the 2010 Atlantic hurricane season.
One key aspect of disaster recovery planning has traditionally been about returning to business as usual after a natural disaster. But what if the effects of natural disasters could be avoided altogether? Is it time for the serious corporate contingency planner to consider proactive planning efforts geared toward mitigating or even preventing natural disasters?
With hurricane season less than four weeks away, a study announced by AT&T*reveals that nine in 10 businesses in Miami, Orlando and Tampa have business continuity plans in place. When AT&T last surveyed Miami in 2006, companies there ranked number one in the nation for business continuity planning efforts, and the 2009 survey results continue to show that business continuity is a top priority in Florida. More than 100 information technology (IT) executives were surveyed in the 2009 study.
An early extended-range forecast for 2009 calls for somewhat above-average Atlantic basin hurricane activity, according to a new report from the Tropical Meteorology Project at Colorado State University. The report marks the 26th year of the CSU hurricane forecast.
The 2008 Atlantic Hurricane Season officially came to a close on Sunday, November 30, marking the end of a season that produced a record number of consecutive storms to strike the United States and ranks as one of the more active seasons in the 64 years since comprehensive records began.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers the Learning Resource Center which offers a wealth of bibliographic materials relating to specific, significant disaster incidents, such as
As the US coastal population continues to grow, so do the hazards when big storms approach. Now, a new on-line tool from NOAA, Historical Hurricane Tracks, helps users get a quick picture of coastal areas with the greatest frequency of hurricanes and tropical storms. This historical ‘snapshot’ can help business continuity and local emergency managers develop better plans for storm preparation and recovery.
NOAA’s Historical Hurricane Tracks includes data on storm strikes through 2007.
“When you know the history of hurricane landfalls in your community, you are better prepared to protect yourself from these potentially devastating storms,” says Margaret Davidson, the director of NOAA’s Coastal Services Center. “Historical Hurricane Tracks is part of a suite of products developed by the Center to help coastal residents, planners, and emergency managers prepare for — and reduce — the impacts of coastal storms.”
The website helps users generate customized maps showing the path of storms that have made landfall in the U.S. in years past. Users can search by US ZIP code, state or county, latitude and longitude, or a storm’s name or year. Searches can be narrowed to specific storm categories.
Developed by NOAA’s Coastal Services Center in partnership with NOAA’s National Hurricane Center, the site contains more than 150 years of Atlantic hurricane data and nearly 60 years of Eastern North Pacific Ocean data, which may be downloaded for use in geographic information system applications. The site also links to detailed reports on the life history and effects of US tropical cyclones since 1958.
When a Hurricane or Flood Threatens:
- How do we maintain mission-critical operations?
- How do we protect and recover our workforce?
- How do we protect business assets?
- How do we recover from a catastrophic event?
The COMPLETE HURRICANE & FLOOD PLAN FOR BUSINESS provides a step-by-step planning template.