Good Afternoon, Weather-Ready Nation Ambassadors!
Hurricane Dorian is now a major hurricane and poses a significant threat to Florida and the northwest Bahamas this coming weekend and early next week.This storm will likely bring life-threatening storm surge and devastating hurricane-force winds to portions of the northwestern Bahamas.
Life-threatening storm surge and devastating hurricane-force winds are also likely along portions of the Florida east coast by early next week, but it is too soon to determine where the highest storm surge and winds will occur. Try to have all preparation completed before Sunday if you are in Florida.
Get the latest National Hurricane Center forecast here - including the storm track, warnings and social media messages. Visit weather.gov for the latest detailed forecast for your specific location.
As this storm approaches the U.S., we wanted to share some important tips with you so you can be prepared over the holiday weekend and next week:
Finally, here is a link to shareable hurricane safety materials: hurricane graphics andsocial media plans.
We encourage you to make these resources available to your staff members, and even post them if possible, to help spread these important safety messages!
-National Weather Service
Know your zone: Do you live near the Florida east coast or Georgia coast? Find out if you live in a hurricane evacuation area by contacting your local government/emergency management office or by checking the evacuationsite website. Leave immediately when told to do so by local officials. Check with neighbors who may need a ride, take your pets with you and bring essential supplies like water, food and medications.
Put together an emergency kit: Put together a basic emergency kit. Check emergency equipment, such as flashlights, generators and storm shutters.
Write or review your family emergency plan: Before this storm arrives, sit down with your family or close friends and decide how you will get in contact with each other, where you will go, and what you will do in an emergency. Keep a copy of this plan in your emergency supplies kit or another safe place where you can access it in the event of a disaster. Start at the ready.gov emergency plan webpage.