5/16/2016
Expanded site adds interactive mock-hurricane tracker and activities for kids and teachers across the nation to participate as the tour visits Gulf Coast cities this week.
This year, for the first time, the highly-popular NOAA Hurricane Awareness Tour (HAT) aligns with the presidentially-declared National Hurricane Preparedness Week and the new#HurricaneStrong public outreach campaign. U.S. Air Force Pilots, NOAA’s Aircraft Operations Center, and outreach teams are taking to the skies to drive public readiness beginning today in San Antonio with daily stops in four additional cities, including Galveston, New Orleans, Mobile, and Naples. This united effort is bringing together National Weather Service/National Hurricane Center, FEMA, The Weather Channel, and the FLASH Partnership with emergency management officials, leaders, and volunteers to make this year’s five-city, whistle-stop tour, the best yet.

Kids nationwide can join in #HurricaneStrong activities by participating in the 2016 Hurricane Drill on the #HurricaneStrong Kids website. Activities include tracking mock Hurricane S.W.I.F.T. and a free hurricane webinar for grades 4, 5, and 6 on Tuesday, May 17 broadcast live from Galveston. The webinar is presented by the Hurricanes: Science and Society team at the University of Rhode Island's Graduate School of Oceanography in partnership with the NOAA National Hurricane Center and the NOAA Aircraft Operations Center.

The HAT daily itinerary will offer leaders, teachers, students, and the general public an opportunity to tour the hurricane hunter aircraft, learn about hurricane resilience, and interact with FLASH Partners/NOAA WeatherReady Nation Ambassadors, including American Red Cross, FIU, Kohler Generators, Portland Cement Association, Simpson Strong-Tie, State Farm, University of Rhode Island, and USAA. Attendees will become part of a mitigation movement trend as they learn about the #HurricaneStrong campaign and strike the signature “pose”.

#HurricaneStrong themes include:
  • Personal Safety - Know your evacuation zone
  • Financial Security - Have an insurance check-up
  • Family Preparedness - Build a disaster supply kit
  • Damage Prevention - Strengthen your home
  • Community Service - Help your neighbor
Visit hurricanestrong.org for more information and follow the tour on Twitter at #HurricaneStrong!
 
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