Hurricane Irene, predicted to be a Category 2 storm that potentially threatens over 60 million people , is making its way slowly but surely towards the East coast of the United States. There are a wide variety of Web resources available for information, including:
- Ready America: How to build a hurricane preparedness kit that should stand you ready in case the worst happens.
- FEMA: The Federal Emergency Management Agency has multiple connectivity points for information, including a Facebook page, a mobile site at http://m.fema.gov/, text message updates found by texting firstname.lastname@example.org, RSS feeds at www.fema.gov/help/rss.shtm, email updates at www.fema.gov/help/getemail.shtm, a YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/fema, and a Twitter account at twitter.com/fema.
- On Twitter, there are multiple hash tags for people who want to follow Irene's progress: # hurricane, # Irene, and # safetytip are just a few.
- The National Weather Service offers a Hurricane Center for the latest weather postings and warnings. Check out the latest on Hurricane IRENE, as well as video briefings, audio podcasts, and the latest public advisory.
- Get a good look at the hurricane geographically using this interactive map. Updated frequently as the storm approaches. Another great map tracker is found at StormPulse; it's being updated in real time; you'll also want to visit NOAA's NOWCoast.
- How about some specific hurricane preparation information? Try Hurricane Irene Is Coming - Prepare Your Boat!, Prepare Your Pets for Hurricane Irene, and SIRIUS XM Offering Hurricane Irene Updates.
Most governmental agencies, including FEMA, are encouraging citizens to use social media sites
(such as Twitter
) and cell phone texting as a reliable source of information during Hurricane Irene. This is because mobile networks can get absolutely overwhelmed (as they were in the wake of this week's earthquake on the East coast) and leave people somewhat stranded.
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