Hurricane Preparedness Week, May 25 – 31

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From the fine folks at Lyrasis:
NOAA is predicting a near normal or below normal Atlantic hurricane season with 8-13 named storms. Of the expected hurricanes, the forecasters predict that 1-2 will strengthen to major hurricanes, meaning Category 3 or higher on the Saffir-Simpson scale. Category 3 storms have sustained winds of at least 111 mph. With 35 million people living in regions threatened by hurricanes, the need to prepare for the possibility of a storm striking near you is essential. To read their full prediction go to http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2014/20140522_hurricaneoutlook_atlantic.html

Hurricane season runs from June 1st to November 30. Storm surges, tornadoes, high winds, and flooding are all possibilities in hurricane-prone areas. Institutions in the Gulf and Atlantic Coasts should plan ahead and remain vigilant throughout the hurricane season.

May 25-31 is Hurricane Preparedness Week and as the slogan says: Be Prepared. Get a Plan. Know Your Evacuation Zone

What can you do to prepare yourself?
Make sure that your institution has an up-to-date disaster plan. For those who already have a disaster plan, replenish supplies, update emergency contact information, review emergency procedures and assess possible threats to your collections.

LYRASIS Preservation Services has many resources available to help you.
You can find our Disaster Resources pages at: http://www.lyrasis.org/LYRASIS%20Digital/Pages/Preservation%20Services/Disaster-Resources.aspx. These resources include an emergency response checklist, disaster recovery resources (arranged by format and type of disaster), and disaster planning and prevention information. We also provide 24/7 disaster assistance service. You can contact LYRASIS Preservation Services at 800-999-8558 or email us. After hours, you will be directed to an answering service; tell the operator you need to speak with someone from Preservation Services.

Other resources you may find useful

Hurricanes from Ready.gov http://www.ready.gov/hurricanes

Hurricane App from the American Red Cross http://www.redcross.org/mobile-apps/hurricane-app

National Task Force on Emergency Response http://www.heritagepreservation.org/programs/taskfer.htm

National Hurricane Center http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

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