Hurricane Sandy Threatens East Coast—How to Prepare

By Mark Micheli

October 25, 2012

Before I wrote the Promising Practices blog here at Government Executive, I worked with the federal government on emergency preparedness issues. So when FEMA sends guidance on how you can prepare for a potentially hazardous situation, I tend to listen—and feel obligated to pass that advice along.

Forecasts from the National Hurricane Center and the National Weather Service say Hurricane Sandy will bring intensifying winds over Florida and spread north to the Outer Banks of North Carolina and Virginia Beach through Saturday.

As we saw last year with Hurricane Irene, the East Coast isn’t immune to hurricanes (or earthquakes, we're finding). Experts say one of three scenarios may play out with Hurricane Sandy—it misses the eastern seaboard entirely, brushes by or  slams directly into the region early next week (happy Halloween!).

“A direct-hit scenario would have ‘huge implications’ in New England," FEMA said in a statement. "Even if Sandy only makes a ‘close pass’ it will likely be impactful to the New England region with strong winds that would topple trees causing widespread power outages, storm surge, and coastal flooding.”

FEMA advises the following:

If you have not done so already, it is important to ensure you:

Hurricane Smartphone Apps:

Latest Sandy information and forecasts from the National Hurricane Center

Community preparedness tools and resources

Do you have any advice on Hurricane preparedness worth sharing? 


By Mark Micheli

October 25, 2012

http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2012/10/hurricane-sandy-threatens-east-coasthow-prepare/59032/