The North Florida Chapter of the AMS/NWA participated in Hurricane Preparedness Day in joint venture with the National Weather Service in Tallahassee. Volunteers helped spread weather knowledge to the general public, including over 1,000 elementary and middle school students. AMS/NWA members helped educate attendees on community flooding concerns by using a hydro-tank demonstration, providing fliers and answering questions about safety involving hurricanes and severe weather. AMS/NWA volunteers also aided main sponsor NWS Tallahassee with organizing and managing other elements of the event, including parking, greeting event attendees, and providing the public with information on the layout of the Hurricane Preparedness Day at the airport.
The event also helped attendees learn the background of supporting organizations that provide support in the event of a land-falling hurricane. These organizations include the Red Cross, Florida Emergency Management, State Emergency Response Team, local police departments and media organizations, including local television stations. Many of these organizations brought command centers, aftermath equipment and aircraft to show to the public. Finally, the event was hosted with the intent of helping the public learn how to prepare for hurricanes. The fliers and hurricane safety information provided by the National Weather Service of Tallahassee and the North Florida Chapter of the AMS/NWA made an important contribution to public preparedness for the upcoming 2012 Hurricane Season, which begins on June 1st.
Pictures of Hurricane Preparedness Day are posted in the gallery.