Monday, May 28, 2012

It's Hurricane Preparedness Week in Florida

As we watch the remnants of Beryl, the second named storm of the "pre-season", and only the 3rd time since the 1800s that we've had 2 named storms before the official start of the hurricane's time to get prepared!

TALLAHASSEE – Governor Rick Scott has proclaimed May 27 – June 2, 2012, as Hurricane Preparedness Week in Florida. All Floridians are urged to take the necessary measures this week to prepare for the 2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season, beginning June 1.

"As we reflect on the 20th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew, we are reminded that it only takes one storm to significantly impact our state," said Governor Scott. "I encourage all Floridians to take the time this important week to prepare their homes, their families and their businesses for the approaching hurricane season."

Various preparedness events will take place throughout the state this week. Residents should consult their local emergency management agency to find out about events in their area. The Florida Division of Emergency Management will participate in activities in Miami, Orlando and Tallahassee (this) week to kick off hurricane season.

"I am grateful for Governor Scott's dedication to building a ‘culture of preparedness' in Florida," said Florida Division of Emergency Management Director Bryan W. Koon.

If you already have a family and business disaster plan and supply kit, now is the time to review, recycle and restock for 2012. If you are creating your first disaster plan and supply kit, use the online tool for help.

More details are available at

The Atlantic Hurricane Season runs from June 1 – November 30.

Here are the 6 Tropical Storm Beryls since 1982

The name Beryl has been used for six tropical cyclones in the Atlantic Ocean. It is one of three names used for five tropical storms with none of them becoming a hurricane; the two others are Ana and Arthur.
  • Tropical Storm Beryl (1982), moved across Atlantic but dissipated north of the Windward Islands; caused moderate damage and 3 deaths in Cape Verde
  • Tropical Storm Beryl (1988), formed over Louisiana and drifted into the Gulf of Mexico before making landfall at New Orleans, causing one death at sea and about $4 million in damage
  • Tropical Storm Beryl (1994), went onshore at Panama City, Florida, 12 hours after forming; quickly went up the eastern states, dropping heavy rain and spawning many tornadoes; $73 million in damage, mostly in South Carolina
  • Tropical Storm Beryl (2000), made landfall in Mexico near the Texas border, causing one drowning death and some damage
  • Tropical Storm Beryl (2006), formed southeast of North Carolina, brushed coastal Massachusetts and dissipated over Atlantic Canada
  • Tropical Storm Beryl (2012), currently active.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Friday, May 25, 2012

Rare 2nd named storm before June

First time in over a hundred years --Subtropical storm Beryl has formed off the Carolina coast. Likely to head across top of Florida Sunday/Monday with rain.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Annnnnnd....we're off! Storm #1 is out there...

Tropical Storm Alberto has formed off the South Carolina coast 11 days before the "official" start of the 2012 Hurricane Season.  Here's the news round-up and images collected by Google News.

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

The Waffle House Index for Emergency Management

We're less than a month from the official start of the 2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season and the articles about emergency preparedness are rightly starting up in mass now from various news outlets.

I found this to be the most interesting one in years:

In Ft. Myers Florida:  "The government says it uses the Waffle House Index when responding to disasters like a hurricane or tornado. When emergency management is deployed, they'll sometimes call the Waffle House in town and find out if they're still open. If they have a full menu, the index is green. If they are serving a limited menu, the index is yellow. That means there is water but no power. If the Waffle House is closed, that's a code red because that will mean there's no power or water available."

Read the rest right here.