January 28, 2022

Reference: Hurricane Irene: FEMA's National Situation Daily Update & Natl. Hurricane Center Mobile

By Gary Price, Co-Founder and C0-Editor, InfoDocket.com

Here in DC, this is going to be a  week we remember for a long time. After our “whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on event” the other day we’re begin to prepare (as is the entire eastern seaboard) for Hurricane Irene. Here are two resources that you might find useful for news and other important info.

1. National Hurricane Center (NHC) MOBILE
There are many great places to find material from the National Hurricane Center in Miami since they are the source for the latest track, forecasts, etc.

If you want to go to the source, not only do they have their own web site but also a simple but data rich mobile site. No download required. It should work without any problems in all mobile browsers. In fact, it will also work as fast loading, text only resource in any web browser.

Direct to NHC Mobile at: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/mobile/index.html (HTML)

They also have a number of RSS feeds, email and text alerts. What about Twitter? Of course, @NHC_Atlantic.
More NHC alert tools here.

2. National Situation Update from FEMA

This daily update compiled from a number of sources is published for emergency managers and often referenced in news reports. It’s available to the public via the FEMA web site.

As you would guess it features material about things like hurricanes, tornadoes, fires, earthquakes, and other significant emergencies. These reports can also be useful for research after an event. An archive of National Situation Update’s back to 2002 are available. It appears that they DO post new updates over the weekend when major events are happening.

Tomorrow we’re planning to post about the wonderful and data and info rich World Natural Disaster Hazards Website from the Pacific Disaster Center. Data from many sources. They also provide (free) apps for iOS and Android.



About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.