May 13, 2016
Hurricane Center's storm surge
specialist to speak in Buxton
Rhome, the storm surge specialist with the National Hurricane Center,
will give a presentation on the latest developments in storm surge
forecasting on Saturday, May 21, from 10 until 11 a.m. at the Fessenden
Center on Highway 12 in Buxton.
The event is being organized by Dare County Emergency Management during
Hurricane Preparedness Week, which is May 15-21. The first 10 attendees
to the Buxton event will receive an emergency preparedness kit.
Rhome oversees the Hurricane Center’s Storm Surge Unit, producing storm
surge forecasts, storm surge research, and development activities, and
post-storm analysis and validation studies. Rhome also serves as the
subject matter expert on storm surge and coastal inundation for the
National Weather Service’s hurricane program.
Also in observance of Hurricane Preparedness Week, there will be
a Hurricane Preparedness and Safety Open House on Friday, May 20,
from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Nags Head Fire Station 16 located at 5314
S. Croatan Highway.
Local emergency assistance agencies will be on hand with activities,
displays, and information to help protect lives and property in the
event of a hurricane or other national disaster. Rhome will give a
presentation at 6:30 p.m., providing an overview of storm surge and
National Weather Service and National Hurricane Center programs.
The Hurricane Preparedness and Safety Open House is a family-friendly,
free event. Emergency assistance vehicles will be on display and
available for tours. Local government planning department officials
will be on hand to help participants understand flood zones and
proactive measures that may be taken to reduce flood insurance rates
and protect your home. Participants will also have the opportunity to
stop by and chat with Emergency Management staff to ensure they have
the proper reentry credentials necessary to return to the area
following an evacuation.
Participating agencies include; Dare County Emergency Management, Nags
Head Fire Department, Dare County, Southern Shores and Nags Head
Planning Departments, Dare County Health & Human Services, Dare
County EMS, Nags Head Ocean Rescue, North Carolina Emergency
Management, the Outer Banks Repeater (HAM) Association, and Nags Head