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From: EdGlaze DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host12/25/09 1:46 PM 
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Resources and Information for TEXAS

If your community is housing evacuees from Texas due to Hurricane Rita, there is information these displaced persons need to know if they plan to return home.

Below are a number of resources provided by Texas Extension that will be helpful in the transition. You are encouraged to print off some or all of these resources and create a hard copy package to be handed out to those who plan to return to their home/property. A cover page is available in the left-hand column for you to download and place on top of the information package.

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From: EdGlaze DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host12/25/09 1:48 PM 
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For more hurricane-related information,
see the following links:

Disaster Recovery Resources

EDEN - Hurricanes

Extension Helping Extension

Resources from Land Grant Universities & Federal Agencies

4-H Cooperative Relief

Support for Animal Care

Avoid Further Tragedy

 Many injuries and deaths occur after
 the hurricane has passed.

 Try to avoid these hazards:

  • Carbon monoxide poisoning, from running electrical generators and/or using charcoal grills indoors without proper ventillation
  • Heat stroke and dehydration, from working too hard in the heat and not drinking enough water
  • Cuts and falls, from working without proper protective clothing and using tools you're not accustomed to or haven't used recently
  • Illness, from drinking unsafe water and other sanitation problems.
  • Victimization by fraudulent adjustors, contractors, and financial consultants


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Hurricane Season — Know Before You Go

Hurricane Season in the Atlantic, Caribbean, and the Gulf of Mexico

“Know Before You Go!”

American citizens considering travel to storm-prone regions during Hurricane Season should carefully weigh the risks versus benefits of their trip before finalizing plans.  Those who choose to travel should devise emergency plans in the event of a major storm.  Even inland areas, well away from the coastline, can experience destructive winds, tornadoes, and floods from tropical storms and hurricanes.

See also the Public Announcement for the Atlantic, the Caribbean, and the Gulf of Mexico

What regions are affected by Hurricane Season and how? 

Hurricanes can strike the islands of the Caribbean, the northern coast of South America, Central America including Mexico, Guatemala and Belize, as well as the eastern half of the United States.  Hurricane damage is caused by storm surge, high winds, heavy rain, flooding, mud slides, and tornadoes.

Regions affected by hurricanes and tropical storms may experience widespread damage to infrastructure, and serious shortages of habitable accommodations, food, water, and medical facilities.  Storms can cause the closure of airports or limit flight availability, due to the lack of electricity, and runway or terminal damage.  Americans in affected regions may be required to delay their return to the United States while staying in emergency shelters with basic resources and limited medicine and food supplies.

When is Hurricane Season?

Hurricane Season runs from the beginning of June to the end of November.  The past several years have seen an increase in the quantity and intensity of hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, and Gulf of Mexico.  In 2005, there were 27 named storms and 15 hurricanes; the most violent of these were Emily, Katrina, Rita, and Wilma, which wreaked widespread havoc, caused billions of dollars in infrastructure damage and resulted in thousands of fatalities.

How can I prepare?

Prior to departure, Americans should register with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate through the State Department’s travel registration website. Registration will make your presence and whereabouts known in case an emergency arises.  While Consular Officers will do their utmost to assist Americans in a crisis, travelers should always be aware that when they are abroad, local authorities bear primary responsibility for the welfare of people living or traveling in their jurisdictions.  For more information, please visit the State Department’s website on Crisis Abroad

Americans traveling during the hurricane season should monitor local radio and other sources of information, such as the National Hurricane Center, to stay aware of any weather developments in the area.  Minor tropical storms can develop into hurricanes very quickly, limiting the time available for a safe evacuation.  Travelers should maintain close contact with their tour operator, hotel staff, and local officials for evacuation instructions in the event of a weather emergency.  Please refer to the following “traveler’s checklist” to help you organize an emergency kit.

Traveler’s Checklist:

  • Prior to leaving the United States, register your travel plans on the State Department’s travel registration website or at the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
  • Check with your tour operator, charter flight company, or airline (as appropriate) regarding travel services back to the U.S. in the event of a hurricane, and the possibility of early return if a storm is forecasted for your region.
  • Consider obtaining travel insurance to cover unexpected expenses in the event of an emergency.
  • Research the region where you’ll be visiting and be familiar with local medical facilities, public transportation, travel agents, and other emergency resources.
  • Pack a first-aid kit and water treatment purification tablets.
  • Keep extra bottled water and non-perishable food items on hand.
  • Keep an up-to-date list of local emergency phone numbers, as well as contact numbers for the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
  • Protect your vital travel documents from potential water damage.
  • Pack a portable, hand crank or battery-powered weather radio and flashlight with fresh batteries.
  • Obtain a cell phone that works internationally to stay in contact with family and friends in the U.S.
  • Leave a detailed itinerary and your local contact information with a friend or family member in the U.S.

For additional information on hurricanes and other tropical storms, please visit the State Department’s website on Natural Disasters

The following websites also contain general information on hurricanes.  Please note these are other U.S. Government websites and are not maintained by the U.S. Department of State.

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Financial Readiness Tips for Hurricane Season

Survey Shows Half of Floridians Are Not Prepared

As hurricane season begins, your friends at Wakulla Bank and the American Bankers Association remind you that financial-security plans are just as important as strategies to protect your home or office.

A newly released survey of 625 Floridians released by the National Hurricane Survival Initiative shows that half of Floridians are not fully prepared to handle the consequences of a hurricane or other disaster.

According to a May 31 Miami Herald news article, the survey shows:

Thirty-one percent of Florida residents do not have a family disaster plan and 34% do not have a hurricane survival kit, which includes a flashlight, extra batteries, first aid supplies and food and water for at least three days. Both numbers reflect increases over responses to a similar poll a year ago, suggesting that last year's relatively mild hurricane season bred a measure of complacency.

­Nineteen percent would not prepare their homes until a hurricane watch was issued (meaning a storm might arrive in 36 hours), 21% would wait for a hurricane warning (a storm is expected within 24 hours) and 11% wouldn't make any special preparations.

“Most disaster and evacuation plans address ways that families can secure their homes and survive without electricity and water for several days,” said Wakulla Bank President and CEO Walter C. Dodson Jr. “We want to emphasize the importance of planning ahead to protect your valuable documents, and ensure access to your cash and financial resources.”

Wakulla Bank offers these important financial-security tips to remember when developing an emergency financial plan:

  • Keep forms of identification handy to help rebuild lost records or to prove your identity.

  • ­Sign up for direct deposit so that your paycheck and other incoming payments will be transmitted automatically to your bank account.

  • ­Use automatic bill payments from your bank account to enable you to make scheduled payments — phone bill, insurance premiums and loan payments — and avoid late charges or service interruptions.

  • ­Keep your important original documents in airtight and waterproof containers to prevent water damage. Examples are Social Security cards, insurance policies, tax records, home inventory lists/videotapes and car titles. This is a good idea even if you place the items in a safe deposit box at the bank, because the boxes are water resistant but not waterproof.

  • ­Keep ATM cards, debit cards and credit cards with you at all times so that you can access cash and pay bills.

  • ­Make sure you have enough blank checks and deposit slips to last several weeks.

  • ­Keep only a small amount of cash in your house or wallet to prevent theft.

Dodson said that banks are required to develop and test emergency and disaster preparedness plan and recovery procedures.

“We pledge to do our best to continue service and be up and running after a hurricane,” said Dodson. “We want our customers to be aware of the steps they need to take to be financially secure in the event of an emergency situation.”

National Hurricane Survival Initiative partners include the National Hurricane Center, the Salvation Army, the National Emergency Management Association, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the state of North Carolina and corporate sponsors Plylox, Travelers Insurance and AT&T. For more on the survey:



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NASA's Hurricane Resource Page

Top 10 hurricane resources

Hurricane Resources

Hurricane Resources on the World Wide Web


For much more information see the Weather discussions on the PMFD forum.

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