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Public Information Statement

Statement as of 8:00 AM EDT on May 25, 2015

This week is hurricane preparedness week for 2015.

All week long the National Weather Service will issue informative
messages to help you prepare for the hurricane season. Each day we
will cover a different topic. Today we will talk about storm surge.

The greatest potential for loss of life related to a hurricane is
from the storm surge. Storm surge is simply water that is pushed
toward the shore by the force of the winds swirling around the
storm. This advancing surge combines with the normal tides to create
the hurricane storm tide, which can increase the mean water level to
heights impacting roads, homes and other critical infrastructure. In
addition, wind driven waves are superimposed on the storm tide. This
rise in water level can cause severe flooding in coastal areas,
particularly when the storm tide coincides with the normal high
tides. Much of the densely populated Atlantic and Gulf Coast
coastlines lie less than 10 feet above mean sea level, so the danger
from storm tides is tremendous.

The storm surge combined with wave action can cause extensive
damage, severely erode beaches and coastal highways. Major storms
like Katrina, Camille and Hugo, can completely devastate coastal
communities. Many buildings can withstand hurricane force winds,
but collapse when their foundations, undermined by erosion, are
weakened and fail. Storm surge can travel several miles inland and
span hundreds of miles of coastline.

It is important to keep in mind that storm surge is not a factor in
the Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale. Even a tropical storm or
category 1 hurricane can have a devastating storm surge if the
proper conditions exist. In other words, dont assume that a
tropical storm or a hurricane on the low end of the Saffir-Simpson
scale will not have a large or significant storm surge. Be sure to
stay informed and pay close attention to storm surge forecast
details regardless of the Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale rating.

What can you do? Here are some storm surge safety actions:

Know the types of hazards that could affect your family, which
includes your home's vulnerability to storm surge, floods, and wind.
Find out if you live in an evacuation zone and keep track of which
zone it is. If you live close to the floodplain, consider flood

Make plans for where you'll go, preferably outside the vulnerable
area, or consider the closest possible public shelter. Have a single
Point of contact for your family members to keep in touch. Make a
plan now for what to do with your pets if you need to evacuate.

Stock non-perishable emergency supplies and keep a disaster supply
kit within reach.

Prepare your home prior to leaving: board up doors and windows,
secure or move all yard objects indoors, and turn off all utilities.
Fill your car with gas, withdraw extra Money from the atm, and be
sure to take all prescription medicines and special medical items,
such as glasses and diapers.

If you live in an evacuation zone and are ordered to evacuate by
state or local officials, do so as quickly as possible. Do not
attempt to cross flowing water. As little as six inches of water may
cause you to lose control of your vehicle.

Stay tuned to a local radio or television station and listen
carefully to any advisories or specific instructions from local
officials. Monitor your NOAA Weather Radio. Remember to replace its
battery every six months, as you do with your smoke detectors.

For more information about hurricane preparedness, please visit the
following web sites:


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