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OR&R Hosts 5th Annual NOAA Hurricane Preparedness Summit

MAY 6, 2024 — Ahead of the approaching hurricane season, the Office of Response and Restoration’s (OR&R) Disaster Preparedness Program, in conjunction with the Coastal Response Research Center (CRRC) at the University of New Hampshire, held its 5th annual Hurricane Preparedness Summit.

NOAA GOES-16 GeoColor Satellite Imagery of Hurricane Idalia on August 29, 2023.
NOAA GOES-16 GeoColor Satellite Imagery of Hurricane Idalia on August 29, 2023 Image credit: CIRA/NOAA.

Each year, the summit reflects on the previous hurricane and typhoon season and plans ahead to be in a better readiness and response posture for the next major storm. The two-day virtual event, held on April 24 and 25, focused on NOAA’s hurricane preparedness and readiness for personnel, mission, and infrastructure.

As part of each summit, the CRRC conducted a pre-event survey to guide the topics covered during the event. The presentations communicated best practices and lessons learned from the 2023 hurricane season and recognized future challenges for 2024 with an emphasis on the importance of preparedness and recovery. Local county and state partners shared their experiences and provided valuable insight on how NOAA supports local decision makers. OR&R’s disaster preparedness specialists also presented on staff, family, and pet preparedness planning and building a preparedness kit on a budget.

Summit presentations and supporting documents are available on the CRRC’s website.

2023 was a relatively quiet season in terms of landfalling hurricanes. However, that does not mean neglecting preparations for the 2024 season. Conditions are favorable for an active upcoming hurricane season and NOAA is preparing its employees for the possible challenges.

Last updated Friday, May 10, 2024 1:57pm PDT