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Hurricane info and reads to weather the season in South Florida

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Hello everyone.

In the wake of Hurricane Irene’s intrusions and recent landfalls here along the Atlantic coast, I’ve been reading more on Florida hurricane history, as well as using some of the local resources to help my family and I remain prepared in storm season. I thought I’d share them with you.

*Florida State University’s Information Institute Hurricane Preparedness and Response Portal
Did you know that Florida public libraries have served as important centers for emergency information and assistance after hurricanes? This portal has planning guides, evacuee assistance information, a searchable database with many resources, and updates:

*Fox 29 (WFLX)’s Hurricane Center
An excellent resource with local tracking maps and plots (continously updated with feeds from the NOAA) was recommended to me by a colleague at work recently. (Users can also find it on-line via any search engine by typing in “WFLX hurricane center,” or by clicking on the link below):

*National Hurricane Center
The NOAA/National Weather Service’s website — including forecasts and advisories.  Also has maps of wind speed probability an also mariner advisories.

*211 for Palm Beach/Treasure Coast

Phone Numbers: 2-1-1 (from service area) (Dial 2-1-1 for TTY/TDD Access)
(866) 882-2991 (Alternative Number)
(561) 383-1111 (Alternative Number)


Lantana Public Library also has a large collection of books on hurricane history, and hurricanes in general, including materials for children.  Here’s a sampling of them.

General history, science, and forecasting

Divine wind : the history and science of hurricanes
By Kerry Emmanuel
Call No.: 551.552 Ema

Hurricane watch : forecasting the deadliest storms on earth
By Dr. Bob Sheets and Jack Williams
Call No.: 551.552 She

Hurricane force : in the path of America’s deadlist storms
By Joseph B. Treaster
Call No.: 551.552 Tre

Florida Hurricanes

Florida hurricanes and tropical storms

By John M. Williams and Iver W. Duedall
Call No.: Fla 551.552 Wil

Killer ‘cane : the deadly hurricane of 1928
By Robert Mykle
Fla 975.939 Myk

Okeechobee hurricane and the Hoover Dike
By Lawrence E. Will
Call No.: Fla/Ref 975.939 Wil

Stormscaping : landscaping to minimize wind damage in Florida
By Pamela Crawford
Call No.: 635.952 Cra

Tropical surge : a history of ambition and disaster on the Florida shore
By Benjamin Reilly
Call No.: Fla 975.9381 Rei


Breach of faith : Hurricane Katrina and the near death of a great American city By Jed Horne
Call No.: 976.335 Hor

By Dave Eggers
Call No.: 976.335 Egg

For Children


By Jonathan London and Henri Sorenson
Call No.: C E Lon (Children’s section Fiction)

Anatomy of a hurricane
By Terri Dougherty
Call No: C 551.552 Dou (Children’s section/Non-fiction)

Written by lantanalister1

August 30, 2011 at 4:20 pm