Covering Disasters Workshop Series: Hurricane Season 2020

May 28, 2020

COVID-19 procedures will complicate coverage of a hurricane season expected to be unusually active in 2020.

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Climate Central and the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) held an online workshop on May 28, 2020 with meteorologists and journalists to discuss the upcoming hurricane season and the complications presented by COVID-19 protocols.

  • Although the season officially begins on June 1, the National Hurricane Center has already named the third tracked storm of 2020
  • COVID-19 social distancing procedures may require emergency managers to prepare earlier and change evacuation and shelter plans in 2020
  • In a number of communities COVID-19 response and ongoing recovery from past disasters has limited the resources available to respond to hurricanes this year
  • Reporting on hurricanes may be complicated by social distancing procedures and limited availability of safe workspace and accommodations

CLIMATE CENTRAL DATA & GRAPHICS ON CLIMATE AND HURRICANES

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RESOURCES FOR COVERING HURRICANES

When a storm surge is projected for your area, Climate Central’s Risk Finder tool allows you to explore the populations, properties, and infrastructure at risk. Following a storm’s damage, many communities and individuals are faced with questions about rebuilding and relocating. Our Coastal Risk Screening Tool allows users to view U.S. and global coastal locations threatened by sea level rise and coastal flooding now and in the future.

Other Resources:

NOAA National Hurricane Center

Storm Surge: Planning for the Risk « Inside the Eye

FEMA Flood Maps - FEMA.gov

FEMA's Ready.Gov Hurricanes site and COVID-19 Pandemic Operational Guidance for the 2020 Hurricane Season

National Flood Insurance Program Community Rating System

The National Flood Insurance Community Status Book

CDC: Preparing for Hurricanes During the COVID-19 Pandemic | Hurricanes

NASA Disasters mapping Portal

Potential Storm Surge Flooding Map

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ARTICLES ON COVID AND HURRICANE SEASON

Pandemic: Virus hospitals occupy flood zones despite warnings, by Thomas Frank, E&E News

Hurricane Season on Top of a Pandemic Will Be a Nightmare, by Yessenia Funes, Gizmodo

The Looming Hurricane Season and COVID-19 Coronavirus, by Marshall Shepherd, Forbes

Coronavirus pandemic threatens to suffocate U.S. hurricane response, by Matthew Lavietes, Thomson Reuters Foundation

COVID-19 slows Hurricane Florence recovery in North Carolina, by Adam Wagner, Raleigh’s News & Observer

FEMA seeks to limit evacuations, countering past advice, by Thomas Frank, E&E News

NOAA forecasts above active Atlantic hurricane season for 2020, by Alex Harris, Miami Herald

Changes for 2020 Atlantic hurricane season: New storm surge map, 60-hour forecast message, by Mark Schleifstein, NOLA.com

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PANEL: NATIONAL AND REGIONAL EXPERTS CONTACT INFORMATION

  • Jhordanne Jones, Doctoral Candidate, Department of Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University Tropical Meteorology Project, Jhordanne.Jones@colostate.edu
  • Phil Klotzbach, Research Scientist, Department of Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University Tropical Meteorology Project, Philk@Atmos.ColoState.edu
  • Jamie Rhome, Storm Surge Specialist/Team Lead, National Hurricane Center, jamie.r.rhome@noaa.gov
  • Ada Monzón, AMS Fellow and Chief Meteorologist, WAPA-TV, WKAQ, San Juan (available for interviews in Spanish and English), ada.monzon@ecoexploratorio.org
  • Dr. Samantha Montano, Assistant Professor of Emergency Management, Massachusetts Maritime Academy, samanthaLmontano@gmail.com

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