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Hurricane Season 2011: Stay Informed Online or on Your Phone

Posted by FEMA Public Affairs

The 2011 hurricane season began last week, so we’ve been blogging about ways you can get prepared for the hazards associated with severe tropical weather. While there hasn’t been a named tropical storm or hurricane yet this year, I wanted to share some resources you can bookmark or save that could be very helpful before, during and after disaster strikes.

So whether you are a parent, student, teacher, emergency responder or website manager, the resources below will keep you connected to the latest information on hurricanes and tropical storms. Take a look and share them with your friends and family – this isn’t an exhaustive list, so I encourage you to leave a comment and share other helpful resources out there. And be sure to visit Ready.gov/hurricanes to get prepared today.

National Hurricane Center – the official source for severe tropical weather (tropical cyclones, tropical storms, hurricanes) advisories and forecasts.

Full website / Mobile website
Facebook full site / Facebook mobile site
Atlantic Basin: Twitter full site / Twitter mobile site
Pacific Basin: Twitter full site / Twitter mobile site

And even if you don’t have a Twitter account, you can still get updates from the National Hurricane Center through your phone’s text capability: text "follow NHC_Atlantic" to 40404 (this is Twitter’s text message number and standard data rates apply).

National Weather Service – the official source for severe weather advisories, watches and warnings.

Full website / Mobile website
Facebook full site / Facebook mobile site

FEMA

Full website / Mobile website
Facebook full site / Facebook mobile site
Twitter full site / Twitter mobile site

You can also get Twitter updates from FEMA through your phone’s text capability: text "follow FEMA" to 40404 (this is Twitter’s text message number and standard data rates apply).

State Emergency Management Agencies – Find localized information on your state’s emergency management website or other digital channels. Many states also have Facebook or Twitter accounts, so be sure to check out our list of state Twitter accounts and “Favorite” Facebook pages.

Other Resources

Check out our RSS / data page, it has a data feed of hurricane evacuation routes, along with RSS feeds for current severe weather watches and warnings.

The American Red Cross maintains a map of open shelter locations, in addition to their mobile site and online disaster newsroom.

For Spanish speakers, you can visit fema.gov/esp for information from FEMA, or listo.gov to get prepared.

If you’re a web manager, you can embed our “Are you prepared for hurricanes” widget on your site, in either English or Spanish.
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