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Webinar Series Helps Southeast and Caribbean Communities Prepare For and Respond To Hurricanes

JUNE 10, 2024 —The Southeast and Caribbean Regional Collaboration Team’s (SECART) annual Hurricane Awareness Webinar Series is almost over. Hosted annually, the series aims to reach NOAA staff, partners and the public with hurricane-related presentations that can help them prepare for, respond to and recover from these powerful storms.

Satellite imagery of Hurricanes Idalia and Franklin. Image credit: NOAA.
Satellite imagery of Hurricanes Idalia and Franklin. Image credit: NOAA.

This year, the series kicked off with a presentation from the National Hurricane Center (NHC)’s Warning Coordination Meteorologist who looked back on the 2023 hurricane season and discussed new NHC products and services to look for in 2024. The meteorologist in charge at the National Weather Service’s Weather Forecasting Office in San Juan, Puerto Rico presented the same topic in Spanish to reach an even greater audience with the important information.

The third presentation featured the work of the Hurricane Ecosystem Response Synthesis (HERS) Research Coordination Network, led by a team from William and Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science, to coordinate research efforts surrounding natural habitats before and after a hurricane. The third webinar, presented by a response specialist with the NOAA Marine Debris Program, focused on debris response efforts and how to utilize state-wide Marine Debris Response Guides.

The final webinar in the series will be presented later in the summer and will take a look at the threat of tsunamis. Once the date is announced, registration for the series' final webinar will be available at NOAA.gov. Overall, about 400 people have been reached through this series.

Last updated Monday, June 17, 2024 4:28am PDT