We’re continuing to closely monitor a developing storm system in the Atlantic, approximately 1,600 miles south east of Miami. Through our Regional offices in Atlanta, Ga. and New York, N.Y., we’re coordinating closely with the National Hurricane Center and the states and territories that may be impacted as the storm further organizes and moves toward the U.S.
Although no coastal watches or warnings have been issued yet for the U.S., current forecast tracks show the storm could impact Florida and parts of the East Coast, and will impact the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico in the next few days. We encourage residents in these areas and in Puerto Rico (en Espanol) and the Virgin Islands to continue to monitor weather conditions and take steps now to get prepared for potential severe weather. Tropical waves or tropical storms can bring heavy rains and high winds, so it’s important that you take steps to prepare your property and family:
- Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts,
- Listen to local officials – if told to evacuate, leave immediately, following your predetermined evacuation route. If told to shelter in place, go to your designated shelter or safe area, and
- If you have a boat, determine how and where it will be secured.
Here’s a look at what we’re doing so far:
- Our regional office in New York has activated its Regional Response Coordination Center and is ready to coordinate with its other federal, state, and local partners as needed.
- We have also proactively deployed two regional Incident Management Assistance Teams to the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico to coordinate with territory and local officials to identify needs and shortfalls impacting potential disaster response and recovery.
Ready.gov/hurricanes has more tips on getting a kit, making an emergency plan, and being informed, so check it out for more tips on keeping you and your family safe. And be sure to visit www.hurricanes.gov or (http://hurricanes.gov/mobile on your phone) for the latest forecast information from the National Hurricane Center as this storm system progresses. We will continue to use this blog and our social networking sites to provide safety tips and updates on our role as well.
- Follow the National Hurricane Center on Twitter and Facebook
- Follow the Virgin Islands Emergency Management Agency on Twitter and Facebook