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The Emergency Manager’s Guide to Hurricane Survival

Written by  DON HALL

According to the National Weather Service (NWS), weather accounts for roughly 98 percent of presidentially declared disasters. The cost of these natural disasters is high: hurricanes and other weather events cause about 500 deaths and nearly $15 billion in damage in the United States each year. Two of the most important keys to weather safety are helping communities prepare for related risks and teaching them to act on those preparations when alerted, the National Hurricane Center reports. To achieve these goals, emergency managers have vital communication roles to play before, during, and after a hurricane. If plans are strategically coordinated, there is more trust and constituents see more value in the protective actions that you’re asking them to take. Before Disaster Strikes As an emergency manager, you can increase the effectiveness of mass notification systems by working with your community before a storm actually hits. Let them know you have a notification system and