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Severe Weather and Flooding Expected Across the Southern Plains, Mid South, & Ohio Valley

Strong to severe thunderstorms, including tornadoes, are expected late today and tonight and continuing through Friday from the southern Plains to the Mid South and Ohio Valley, where heavy rainfall and flooding are also likely. Elsewhere, chilly temperatures and heavy mountain snowfall will persist for parts of the West while very mild air prevails along the East Coast. Read More >

Hurricane Preparedness Week infographic: Complete a Written Plan

The time to prepare for a hurricane is NOW, before the season begins. Once you’re under pressure, having a written plan will take the guesswork out of what you need to do to protect you and your family.

Know where you will ride out the storm and get your supplies now. You don’t want to be standing in long lines when a Hurricane Watch is issued. Those supplies that you need will probably be sold out by the time you reach the front of the line.

Being prepared now will mean the difference between your being a hurricane victim and a hurricane survivor.

Thumbnail from YouTube video - Hurricane Preparedness Week - Complete a Written PlanToday we sit down with Wes Oda and Cathy Callejo from the community preparedness group Be Ready Manoa to talk about preparedness plans:

Make a plan:

Emergency Communication Plan template from Hawaii Emergency Management Agency

Homeowner’s Handbook to Prepare for Natural Hazards - Part 3 "Protecting Yourself and Your Family" includes information on emergency planning. Printed versions are available for free at libraries across the Hawaii State Public Library System.

Emergency Preparedness Handbook from Hawaiian Electric.

Hawaii Hazards Awareness and Resilience Program (HHARP) - The aim of the program is to help communities prepare to be self-reliant during and after natural hazard events, improve their ability to take care of their own needs, and reduce the negative impacts of disasters.  Find points of contact for getting involved.

To help residents prepare in advance of hurricane season, NWS Honolulu will share information on a different topic each day during Hurricane Preparedness Week: