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Emergency Preparedness Information: Hurricanes

Current Tracking Status - National Hurricane Center

Weather systems being tracked

5-Day Outlook

Atlantic Tropical Systems


Hurricane Links

Hurricane Preparedness - Be Ready

National Hurricane Center and Central Pacific Hurricane Center


Essentials to pack in a "go bag"

from AARP

Hurricane Names - 2019

2020 Storm Names























In the event that more than twenty-one named tropical cyclones occur in the Atlantic basin in a season, additional storms will take names from the Greek alphabet. [Per the name list at the National Hurricane Center web site:]


Table with Greek Lettered Storm Names, 2020


Eta Nu Tau
Beta Theta Xi Upsilon
Gamma Iota Omicron Phi
Delta Kappa Pi Chi
Epsilon Lambda Rho Psi
Zeta Mu Sigma Omega

The Greek letters are: Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, Epsilon, Zeta, Eta, Theta, Iota, Kappa, Lambda, Mu, Nu, Xi, Omicron, Pi, Rho, Sigma, Tau, Upsilon, Phi, Chi, Psi, Omega

Hurricane Resources for Libraries and Cultural Institutions

Hurricane Resources from NEDCC

Founded in 1973, the Northeast Document Conservation Center [NEDCC] is the first independent conservation laboratory in the United States to specialize exclusively in the conservation and preservation of paper- and film-based collections.
Hurricane Resources 2019

Hurricane Preparedness Tips for Cultural Institutions

This is a publication available both as a Word document and a PDF with suggestions and links from the Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative.
Planning, Preparedness, and Mitigation Resources

Hurricane Preparedness in a Pandemic

With an active hurricane season upon us, the safety of your family and your home should be a top priority. And this hurricane season comes with the added stress of prepping for a potential natural disaster in the middle of a pandemic. With that in mind, your planning may be different this year because of the need to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.
  • Check out the general Disaster Preparedness page.
  • Give yourself more time than usual to prepare your emergency food, water and medicines. Remember to stay safe and mask up when shopping for supplies.
  • When you check on friends and neighbors, be sure to follow proper social distancing protocols.
  • If you need to evacuate, prepare a kit with personal items you cannot do without during an emergency. Include items that can protect you and others from COVID-19, like hand sanitizer, soap, disinfectant wipes, and two masks per person.
  • If you will be staying with anyone outside your household to evacuate from the storm, talk to the people you plan to stay with about how you can all best protect yourselves from COVID-19. Follow preventative actions – including covering coughs and sneezes, washing hands often, and avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
As always, follow the guidance from your local public health and emergency management officials.
Thanks to Baton Rouge General Hospital for this information.