The Atlantic hurricane season runs June 1- November 30. As part of a preparedness campaign, FEMA is promoting a wireless emergency alert system intended to inform the public about extreme weather like hurricanes, tornadoes or flash foods; Amber Alerts; or alerts from the president about catastrophic disasters. The alerts come as text messages that feature a special tone and vibration. No longer than 90 characters, the message discusses the type and time of the alert and action individuals should take. Learn more by watching this short video on Youtube.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued their latest 2013 Atlantic hurricane season outlook, expecting yet another active season.
The forecast calls for 13-20 named storms, 7-11 of which are expected to become hurricanes, including 3-6 major hurricanes (Category 3 or higher on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale). NOAA's forecast specifies a "70% likelihood" of a range of storms, hurricanes and major hurricanes.
Yale Emergency Management is committed to ensure that the Yale Community is well prepared for an Emergency. This web site is designed to inform you about emergency preparations matters, both on campus and at home. Though preparation takes a bit of time and planning, it brings awareness to the choices you may have during an emergency. By preparing both mentally and logistically, you can increase your confidence and ability to handle a real emergency situation.
On Campus preparation activities are on-going. We are fortunate that Yale has police and security departments that are equipped to offer assistance, as well as departments that address hazardous materials, fire safety, and other areas. Experts from across campus form our Emergency Operations Team and are prepared to manage an array of crisis situations. This group meets regularly to review procedures and participate in drills and exercises. The goal is to be fully prepared to face situations that we hope will never occur.
Below are some helpful resources to get you started on emergency and business continuity planning.
Developing an Emergency Operations Plan (EOP)
Developing a Continuity of Operations Plan
Fire Safety and Evacuation