Florida Division of Emergency Management (DEM) officials will participate in the 2010 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Hurricane Hunter Gulf Coast Awareness Tour, a five-day tour through the Gulf Coast states. The Tour began on April 26 and visits the cities of Brownsville, Texas, Beaumont, Texas, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Pensacola, Florida and Sarasota, Florida. DEM officials will be on site at both Florida stops to help raise awareness about storm threats and the importance of preparedness.
“This Tour is an excellent opportunity to remind residents and visitors to the Sunshine State that the 2010 Atlantic Hurricane Season is right around the corner,” said David Halstead, interim director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management. “Now is a good time to review your family’s disaster plan and supply kit and restock or recycle any necessary items.”
Hurricane specialists from the National Hurricane Center will travel with the Hurricane Hunters crew, and they will be joined by staff from emergency management offices, non-profit organizations, and local National Weather Service forecast offices. The National Weather Service in Mobile will host the Thursday Pensacola tour stop at the Gulf Coast Regional Airport. Forecasters at the National Weather Service in Tampa Bay-Ruskin will host the Sarasota tour stop at the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport on Friday.
The NOAA WP-3 Orion Hurricane Hunter turboprop aircraft is used primarily by weather scientists on research missions to study various elements of a hurricane by flying through the eye of the storm several times each flight. Throughout the morning and early afternoon, students from local schools will receive a tour of this aircraft, a featured presentation on hurricane forecasting and safety, and other specialized tours of emergency response vehicles. Tours will be open to the general public in the afternoon.
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