Area Emergency Management Hurricane Training

The Hurrevac System is one of the tools used all over the country and Wednesday area emergency personnel were trained on the newest version.

Not every storm tracked by the Hurrivac System is as powerful or will cause the destruction that Hurricane Katrina did. But in case a similar threat is on the way representatives met to discuss the system.

"It also can be used by inland counties to help them with their evacuation planning, because as we all know a lot of people who leave the gulf coast will are going to be coming into the inland counties."

Officials say that traffic in our area can increase exponentially during evacuation times. And coordinating where people will go and when they will leave is made much easier by the system.

“It's very good for the Hurrivac System to give this route that the storm is going to take; it gives us a heads up on where it’s going and who we can prepare for that."

There is a large amount of information available from the National Hurricane Center in the program the storms are broken down into color bands with blue being weaker winds and red being larger.

There are frequent updates to the Hurrivac System; the training today was for the 2007 edition. All in all in our area the program has been used since 2000.

The Hurrivac Program is available to all state emergency agencies in the southeast.

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