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Science that weathers the storm...
When hurricanes strike, you can find critical information to help protect lives and property at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) hurricane Web site.
More than half of the U.S. population lives within 50 mi of a coast—and coastal populations are increasing. Many U.S. coastal areas, especially the Atlantic and Gulf coasts, will be in the direct path of hurricanes.
"Throughout hurricane season, reliable scientific information is essential in order for emergency managers to keep the American public safe," said Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar. "The USGS provides this science, which helps prevent hazards from becoming disasters."
The USGS hurricane Web site highlights important storm information, such as flood levels near your home; pictures of the coastline before and after the storm; information on the timing, extent, and magnitude of storm tide; and much more.
USGS research and analysis supports the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which is responsible for monitoring and issuing warnings for hurricanes and tropical storms in the United States and its territories. Science to forecast hurricane impacts is a collaborative effort among the USGS, NOAA, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and others.
The USGS strives to reduce the vulnerability of the people and areas most at risk from natural hazards. By working with people from all sectors of society, the USGS and its partners are taking action to prepare for this year's hurricane season. The USGS anticipates that these actions will provide many benefits, including improved monitoring of ground conditions affected by flooding and storm surge, enhanced ability to navigate in a disaster zone, more effective search and rescue operations, and better assessments of the effects on coastlines and ecology.
in this issue:
USGS: Your Resource During Hurricane Season
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