Just as hurricanes approach the Gulf Coast every year, the nation’s hurricane emergency managers arrive at the National Hurricane Conference in New Orleans every year with the same question: “How do we get the public to understand why they need to follow evacuation orders issued by public officials?”
The four-day conference full of workshops, speakers and training sessions is under way this week at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside.
Surveys indicate that residents in harm’s way too often pay attention to the wind speed of a storm, and don’t take into consideration the storm surge or amount of rainfall forecast. Hurricane Isaac, for example, was a weaker storm, but stalled along the coast last August, inflicting severe punishment.
In an attempt to help residents understand the risks, the National Hurricane Center hopes to implement a color-coded storm surge forecast map this summer. Also, the Weather Channel plans to include “aware zones” in its forecasts, directed at people in high-risk areas.
For more on the hurricane alerts and evacuations, read the Times-Picayune story.
BEFORE YOU GO…
… we’d like to ask for your support. More people are reading the Mississippi Business Journal than ever before, but advertising revenues for all conventional media are falling fast. Unlike many, we do not use a pay wall, because we want to continue providing Mississippi’s most comprehensive business news each and every day. But that takes time, money and hard work. We do it because it is important to us … and equally important to you, if you value the flow of trustworthy news and information which have always kept America strong and free for more than 200 years.
If those who read our content will help fund it, we can continue to bring you the very best in news and information. Please consider joining us as a valued member, or if you prefer, make a one-time contribution.Click for more info