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EM360 Hurricane Planning Course

What You Get: Seven units, three exercises, four appendices in two separate files with over 136 pages with over two dozen illustrations and charts

See some Sample Test Questions

Table of Contents

Unit I: Introduction

Unit II: Hurricane Forecasting This unit covers the sources of information that forecasters use, the accuracy of the data, the advisory products available, and how to track a storm.

Unit III: Hurricane Hazards This unit covers wind and water hazards generated by hurricanes, with emphasis on storm surge.

Unit IV: Hurricane Evacuation Study Overview This unit provides an introduction to the information contained in the Technical Data Report that summarizes the results of the Hurricane Evacuation Study for a jurisdiction.

Unit V: Preparedness And Evacuation Planning This unit focuses on initial priorities before a storm: evacuating people from high-risk areas and preparing to reduce damage.

Unit VI: Shelter And Refuge Planning This unit addresses the care of evacuees and responders and the provision of the best available protection for those who did not, or could not, evacuate before the storm.

Unit VII: Post-Storm Response Planning This unit examines the top priorities for response in the first hours and days after a storm.

Appendixes

Appendix A Time Delineating Schedule includes a sample Hurricane Response Schedule.

Appendix B Sample Red Cross Formsincludes sample Red Cross forms to help you select shelters.

Appendix C Emergency Operations Plans (EOPs) lists issues that should be considered by local emergency planners.

Appendix D Sample Tide Tables

Exercises include:

  • Unit II: Plotting Hurricane Center Positions. This exercise includes two "scenarios." The first includes a hurricane tracking map for Tropical Storm Keith. You will be asked to locate and track the storm center, then answer several questions.
  • Unit IV: Sectoring Exercise. This unit includes a generic map for the participants to divide into sectors. The exercise will be more relevant, however, if you divide sectors with a local map.
  • Unit V: Evacuation Planning Exercise. In this exercise you prepare for a hurricane and plan for evacuation in advance of a storm.

The videotape, Hurricane Watch, is recommended but not included in this course. You can complete this course without viewing this videotape.

SAMPLE TEST QUESTIONS

What technologies are used to categorize storm intensity?

a. weather vane and spotter observations.
b. local government weather stations and individual estimates.
c. radar and dynamic double Doppler.
d. satellite and reconnaissance aircraft.

Storm surge is caused by

a. low elevation of communities by the Gulf of Mexico.
b. excess rain water flooding coastal areas.
c. high tides in combination with low elevations.
d. abnormal rise in water level caused by wind and pressure forces of a hurricane.

The "rule of thumb" for SLOSH model accuracy is

a. always add two feet to the final calculation.
b. the higher the number the more accurate the calculation is.
c. when the storm surge height is calculated, actual storm surge will vary plus or minus 20 percent.
d. the lower the number the more accurate the calculation is.

All refuges of last resort may be converted to public shelters during the post-storm period. True or False?

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