May 15-21 is Designated as Hurricane Preparedness Week

May 16, 2016


U.S. Army Sgt. Lee Savoy lifts a child into a boat for evacuation from a flood caused by Hurricane Isaac in La Place, La. in 2012. U.S. Army Sgt. Lee Savoy lifts a child into a boat for evacuation from a flood caused by Hurricane Isaac in La Place, La. in 2012.

“It only takes one”. That is what the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) wants you to remember about hurricanes. Only one storm can change your life and can change your community.

Hurricanes and tropical cyclones are some of the most powerful, dangerous, and destructive storms that many will ever see. Proper planning and preparation is key for those who live in an area prone to these storms.

Hurricane Preparedness Week

NOAA has designated May 15-21, 2016 as Hurricane Preparedness Week. Take part by learning more about these storms, updating your evacuation plan and restocking your disaster supplies. Preparedness activities for each day of the week, as well as great information for children and caregivers alike can be found on the Hurricane Preparedness Week site.


For children in grades 4, 5, and 6 there will be a free hurricane webinar broadcast live on Tuesday from the Galveston stop of the Hurricane Awareness Tour. Students will learn from scientists about hurricane hazards, forecasting, observing, and preparedness. Register here for the webinar.

Do you know what to do when a hurricane is on its way? Visit for resources on preparedness before, during, and after a hurricane.

Remember – preparation is key! Make sure you and those you care for are #HurricaneStrong!


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Topics: Systems Building, Health & Safety, emergency preparedness

Julie Looper Coats

Written by Julie Looper Coats

Julie Looper Coats serves as the Director of Emergency Preparedness and Response at Child Care Aware® of America. Her professional service includes work as Senior Program Analyst for the Medical Reserve Corps project at the National Association of County and City Health Officials in Washington, D.C., where she supported Public Health Preparedness efforts across the country. Julie also has experience in emergency preparedness and response at the local level, working at the Oklahoma City – County Health Department from 2010-2014, where she managed the Oklahoma Medical Reserve Corps during several severe weather deployments, as well as provided support during the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon and other large-scale events. Julie holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and a Master’s Degree in Emergency and Disaster Management.