Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Episode 112 (Week of May 28, 2012): Tropical Storm Season and Preparedness

Audio archived 5-27-13.  This episode's sounds and information were redone in Episode 163, 5-27-13.

Please see below (after the transcript and show notes) for links to news and upcoming events.

From the Cumberland Gap to the Atlantic Ocean, this is Virginia Water Radio for the week of May 28, 2012.

This week we feature sounds for storm preparedness.  To start, have a listen for about 25 seconds and see if you can guess which natural disaster prompted this recording.

PAUSE FOR SOUND.  “Goodnight Irene” start at 0:20; end at 0:45. 

If you guessed Hurricane Irene, you’re right!  Rain from that storm in August 2011 is the background of this recording by Jake Wildwood.  The Atlantic tropical storm season officially runs from June 1 through November 30.  But nature doesn’t always follow the official season—2012’s first two named storms, Alberto and Beryl, arrived in May.

The National Hurricane Center has forecasted that the 2012 season will be “near normal,” with nine to 15 named storms expected.  So, what can you do to prepare?  Here’s some advice from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management.

PAUSE FOR SOUND.  VDEM Public Service Announcement: 30 seconds.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency offers some additional tips to prepare for tropical storms.  First, have an evacuation plan.  As a storm approaches, listen for National Weather Service updates.  If you shelter in your house, stay in an interior, windowless room on the lowest level.  Once a storm has passed, seek out disaster relief instructions, continue to watch for flooding, and be alert for downed power lines, gas leaks, and other hazards.

Finally, if you need to stock up on emergency supplies, the end of May is a particularly good time in Virginia, because the Commonwealth’s annual Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday runs May 25 to May 31. 

Thanks to Jake Wildwood for permission to use this week’s music, and to Heather Vereb for writing this week’s script.


For other water sounds and music, and for more Virginia water information, visit our Web site at virginiawaterradio.org, or call us at (540) 231-5463.  From the Virginia Water Resources Research Center in Blacksburg, I’m Alan Raflo, thanking you for listening, and wishing you health, wisdom, and good water.

Acknowledgments: “Goodnight Irene” is an American folk song of unknown origins.  Jake Wildwood performed this version, used with permission, which is available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_QLz2tntDQg.  The Virginia Department of Emergency Management public service announcement used in this episode can be found at http://www.vaemergency.gov/readyvirginia/stayinformed/hurricanes (as of 5/29/12).

Sources: Information for this episode, and many other tips on hurricane preparedness, can be accessed from the following sources: the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) (http://www.ready.gov/hurricanes) and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (http://www.vaemergency.gov/readyvirginia/stay-informed/hurricane/preparingforhurricanes).  Details regarding the hurricane preparedness sales tax holiday can be found at http://www.vaemergency.gov/readyvirginia/stay-informed/hurricanes/sales-tax-holiday and http://www.governor.virginia.gov/News/viewRelease.cfm?id=1266.  Information on the 2012 Atlantic hurricane outlook is available in “NOAA predicts a near-normal 2012 Atlantic hurricane season,” National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) News Release, 5/24/12.  Reports on storms are available at http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/.

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