Guillermo Gathers Steam in NE Pacific; Invest 94L Clings to Life

By: Bob Henson , 5:54 PM GMT on July 31, 2015

Hurricane Guillermo is stepping up its game in the Northeast Pacific, as it moves along a steady west-northwest course that could bring it near the Hawaiian Islands next week. Guillermo was upgraded to hurricane status by the National Hurricane Center at 5:00 am EDT Friday, and in the NHC’s 11:00 am EDT advisory, Guillermo was located at 12.4°N, 132.7°W, with top sustained winds at 90 mph. Visible and infrared satellite imagery shows a healthy tropical cyclone, with extensive upper-level outflow, a distinct convective core, and a small eye beginning to take shape. Guillermo is successfully fending off an expanse of dry air to its north and maintaining an envelope of rich moisture.


Figure 1. A GOES West infrared satellite image of Hurricane Guillermo from 1630 GMT (12:30 pm EDT) on Friday, July 31. Image credit: NOAA/NESDIS.

Guillermo is in a quite favorable environment to intensify further, with warm sea-surface temperatures and low wind shear. SSTs are around 28-29°C (82-84°F) along Guillermo’s path for the next day or so, which is 1-2°C above the climatological norm (see Figure 2). The oceanic heat content--the amount of energy in the uppermost part of the ocean--is rather low ahead of Guillermo, which could spell trouble for a slow-moving system churning up cooler water from below (see Figure 3). However, Guillermo is moving briskly (about 17 mph), and that pace is expected to continue for the next couple of days.


Figure 2. Departures from average sea-surface temperature over the Northeast Pacific for the week ending July 27, 2015. Image credit: NOAA National Hurricane Center.

It is still too soon to know how much of a threat Guillermo will pose to the Hawaiian Islands. The steering flow around Guillermo will be fairly stable over the next several days, keeping it on a track headed almost directly toward the islands. The NHC’s latest outlook places Guillermo located about a day away from the Big Island by early Wednesday morning. The most recent track models are in some disagreement over whether Guillermo will be picked up by a strong band of upper-level westerlies around this point, taking it well northeast of Hawaii; continue on its west-northwest track; or arc further westward, a path that could take it south of the islands. The disagreement is evident within the 1200 GMT Friday runs of the 20-member GFS ensemble (see Figure 3). As for intensity, Guillermo is likely to peak over the weekend, with NHC bringing the hurricane to low-end Category 3 strength (peak sustained winds of 115 mph) by Saturday. The unusually warm waters fostered by El Niño would keep Guillermo traveling over SSTs of at least 27°C (the rough threshold for sustaining a tropical cyclone) all the way to Hawaii. However, wind shear is expected to steadily increase as Giuillermo gains latitude and approaches the belt of upper-level westerlies noted above. Given its current track and intensity, and the increased climatological risk of hurricanes affecting Hawaii during El Niño, we will need to keep a close eye on Guillermo over the next few days. Twice-daily hurricane-hunter flights to monitor Guillermo have been slated beginning on Saturday, with the NOAA Gulfstream IV aircraft tentatively scheduled to sample the large-scale environment around Guillermo on Monday.


Figure 3. Projections for the track of Hurricane Guillermo produced on Friday morning by the 20-member GFS ensemble. The operational run is shown in white. Ensemble runs are produced by running the models at lower resolution than the operational run and varying the initial atmospheric conditions slightly to generate an "ensemble" of twenty potential weather situations, illustrating a range of possible outcomes.


Invest 94L shows little sign of strengthening
Invest 94L is still identifiable, but not very impressive, in the central North Atlantic. The loosely organized system was located around 12.5°N, 32.2°W at 8:00 am EDT Friday, moving west at about 15 mph. The circulation around 94L is highly elongated, with upper-level outflow evident but dry air invading the storm, leaving it with only weak shower and thunderstorm activity. The SHIPS statistical model brings 94L to moderate tropical-storm strength in the next several days, but none of the most reliable dynamical models for tropical cyclone formation indicate any substantial development of 94L, and NHC has lowered its five-day odds of development from 30% to 10%. Even if 94L managed to get a new lease on life in the central Atlantic, it would face largely hostile conditions as it continued west into the very high wind shear present across the Caribbean.


Figure 4. Infrared satellite image of Invest 94L (located at center left). Image credit: NOAA/NESDIS.


Soudelor a potential threat to Japan next week
Tropical Storm Soudelor should begin flexing its muscle over the next couple of days in the Northwest Pacific. Hindered over the last day by a tropical upper tropospheric trough (TUTT) to its north, Soudelor will soon escape the TUTT’s influence and likely launch into several days of significant strengthening. Soudelor’s peak winds were about 40 mph at 8:00 am EDT Friday, but the outlook issued by the Joint Typhoon Warning Center brings Soudelor’s winds to typhoon strength by Saturday and Category 4 strength (140 mph) by Monday. Track and intensity forecasts are increasingly uncertain beyond that point, as wind shear will be on the increase and water temperatures along Soudelor’s path will be cooler. It appears there is a good chance Soudelor will move far enough west to pose a potential threat to Japan later in the week.

Another off-season system pops up in the South Pacific
While our attention is focused on the peak season for tropical development in the Northern Hemisphere, Invest 91SH is defying seasonal expectations. The system was located at 7.8°S and 167.9°E at 8:00 am EDT Friday, moving slowly south-southeast with peak winds of around 23 mph. The 0600 GMT Friday run of the U.S. Navy’s version of the GFDN model brings Invest 91SH to tropical storm strength over the weekend before a weakening trend is projected to set in, well before the system approaches the islands of Vanuatu. A tropical storm in this basin in early August would be very unusual, as the official South Pacific season runs from November to April, but El Niño does tend to increase activity in the South Pacific. If 91SH does develop, it will be named Tuni and classified as the first South Pacific cyclone in the 2015-16 season. Another off-season system, Tropical Cyclone Raquel, formed at the end of June and intensified to Category 1 strength in early July, bringing at least one fatality and extensive damage to agriculture in the Solomon Islands. Raquel is the only tropical cyclone recorded to date in the South Pacific during July.

I’ll have another update by Monday at the latest. Wunderblogger Steve Gregory added a new post on Friday afternoon. We’re also pleased to welcome Dr. Phil Klotzbach (@philklotzbach) as a WU blogger. Phil worked with Dr. Bill Gray for many years on the Colorado State University seasonal hurricane forecasting project, and he is now lead author on those forecasts. In his first Weather Underground post, Phil weighs in on the multiple ways in which El Niño tends to inhibit Atlantic hurricanes.

Have a great weekend!

Bob



The views of the author are his/her own and do not necessarily represent the position of The Weather Company or its parent, IBM.

Reader Comments

Display: 0, 50, 100, 200 Sort: Newest First - Order Posted

Viewing: 1233 - 1183

Page: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21 | 22 | 23 | 24 | 25Blog Index

1233. vis0
4:33 PM GMT on August 03, 2015

Quoting 942. Patrap:



Indeed, as I have always had trouble with those two.


duck {noun}

and {m/f}

Well now, I know a lot of times we act like ducks, but you're not a duck.

Ja, jeg vet at mange ganger så opptrer vi som ender, men du er ikke en and.

Latin was so much easier back in da day,remember?
que? ; -P
Member Since: December 31, 1969 Posts: Comments:
1232. cynvision
4:21 PM GMT on August 03, 2015
The low is creeping off to NE FL but it's not taking the rest of the mess with it :D Yesterday's discussion said this would move away Monday, today's says Tuesday. All I suspect is when we're done the vegetation is going to go crazy. Sharpen up your DR Brushmowers.
Member Since: December 31, 1969 Posts: Comments:
1231. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
4:20 PM GMT on August 03, 2015
Member Since: December 31, 1969 Posts: Comments:
1230. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
4:17 PM GMT on August 03, 2015
JeffMasters has created a new entry.
1229. BobinTampa
4:13 PM GMT on August 03, 2015
Quoting 1218. Hurricanes101:



Not yet. I thought there was clearing too, but heavier rain coming in from the WNW


the yellows and reds on radar are disappearing pretty quickly. They'll probably be pretty close to completely gone in an hour or so.
Member Since: December 31, 1969 Posts: Comments:
1228. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
4:12 PM GMT on August 03, 2015
Quoting 1220. Grothar:



It will never rain here again. Not a drop.
I don't know I think there is a plan not sure yet
Member Since: December 31, 1969 Posts: Comments:
1227. MahFL
4:09 PM GMT on August 03, 2015
1033 AM HEAVY RAIN 1 NNE HUDSON 28.37N 82.69W
08/03/2015 M7.50 INCH PASCO FL TRAINED SPOTTER

TRAINED SPOTTER REPORT OF 7.5 INCHES OF RAIN SINCE
MIDNIGHT. RAIN SOAKED GROUND TOPPLED TREES AND POWER
LINES.
Member Since: December 31, 1969 Posts: Comments:
1226. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
4:09 PM GMT on August 03, 2015
Quoting 1219. dixiesam:

Bob, it's Monday, 94L does not exist anymore...what's with 96L?


no 96L current inv 95L
sure there will be a new post soon
Member Since: December 31, 1969 Posts: Comments:
1225. sar2401
4:08 PM GMT on August 03, 2015
Quoting 1205. vis0:

Its obvious that the  engine of the "10% chance of disturbance" has stalled as its become dehydrate will someone flood its engine so it can start ...HOPEFULLY stay as a low TS and bring rain to SAR2401 & Grothar and several other thousands that need rain in near Northern Florida/SE US ofA


oh wait for a TS/hurr to run smoother it needs the drier center ...oh well joke didn't match reality


The low itself, which has very little convection, is moving into SE Georgia. The blob that's caused all the trouble will diminish today as the low moves further away and the effects of the NW flow lessen. There's lots of dry air north of the stalled front but not over me. The temperature in Birmingham is 90 with a dewpoint of 58. It's 93 here with a dewpoint of 79, and it looks like the drier air is not going to make it any further south. The track of the low is perfect to cut me off from any source of convection, so I just get to roast and sweat while some areas of central Florida get to paddle their canoes down the street.

It should now be time for a new blog and make this the last post....
Member Since: December 31, 1969 Posts: Comments:
1224. SuzK
4:07 PM GMT on August 03, 2015
Quoting 1201. RickWPB:

Why do some people post models of possible storm formation way out 384 hours. That's 16 days!



You might be surprised how many way-out-there forecasts come around as something...maybe not a major hurricane to thrill the audience, but many times I have watched and waited and seen it, or something like it, come around weeks later. For instance, there was predicted over a week ago, 3 simultaneous little lows on and around FL, which has happened since then. No it wasn't doom, but yes, those little lows have wreaked a bit of havoc. Way out forcasting is computerized, not wishful thinking or foolish predicting. At least give it the credit of putting it out there. No one stones computers for being wrong, or have I been missing something?
Member Since: December 31, 1969 Posts: Comments:
1223. MahFL
4:07 PM GMT on August 03, 2015
From a Local Storm Report :

"REPORTS OF SIGNIFICANT FLOODING OF PARKING LOTS ON THE
CAMPUS OF UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA."
Member Since: December 31, 1969 Posts: Comments:
1222. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
4:06 PM GMT on August 03, 2015
Quoting 1213. MahFL:

Meanwhile Guillermo perked up a bit :
br
Member Since: December 31, 1969 Posts: Comments:
1221. FrostyNaples
4:06 PM GMT on August 03, 2015
Quoting 1203. ricderr:

Why do some people post models of possible storm formation way out 384 hours. That's 16 days!


because that one time out of 100 that it actually pans out...they can claim......FIRST


Wouldn't the model be claiming first?

I don't regard anyone copying and pasting model content as a 'forecaster' lol.

They just like to see themselves post.
Member Since: December 31, 1969 Posts: Comments:
1220. Grothar
4:05 PM GMT on August 03, 2015
Quoting 1205. vis0:

Its obvious that the  engine of the "10% chance of disturbance" has stalled as its become dehydrate will someone flood its engine so it can start ...HOPEFULLY stay as a low TS and bring rain to SAR2401 & Grothar and several other thousands that need rain in near Northern Florida/SE US ofA


oh wait for a TS/hurr to run smoother it needs the drier center ...oh well joke didn't match reality




It will never rain here again. Not a drop.
Member Since: December 31, 1969 Posts: Comments:
1219. dixiesam
4:04 PM GMT on August 03, 2015
Bob, it's Monday, 94L does not exist anymore...what's with 96L?
Member Since: December 31, 1969 Posts: Comments:
1218. Hurricanes101
4:03 PM GMT on August 03, 2015
Quoting 1191. BobinTampa:

Looks like the energy is draining from this thing. Should be pretty light rain from now on.



Not yet. I thought there was clearing too, but heavier rain coming in from the WNW
Member Since: December 31, 1969 Posts: Comments:
1217. HadesGodWyvern (Mod)
4:03 PM GMT on August 03, 2015
Japan Meteorological Agency
Tropical Cyclone Advisory #38
Typhoon Warning
TYPHOON SOUDELOR (1513)
0:00 AM JST August 4 2015
=========================
near Mariana Islands

At 15:00 PM UTC, Typhoon Soudelor (915 hPa) located at 17.6N 141.3E has 10 minute sustained winds of 105 knots with gusts of 150 knots. The cyclone is reported as moving west northwest at 11 knots.

Storm Force Winds
=============
70 NM from the center

Gale Force Winds
===========
210 NM from the center in northern quadrant
180 NM from the center in southern quadrant

Dvorak Intensity: T6.5

Forecast and Intensity
===============
24 HRS: 18.9N 136.9E - 105 knots (CAT 5/Intense Typhoon) Okinotori-shima waters
Member Since: December 31, 1969 Posts: Comments:
1216. RMM34667
4:02 PM GMT on August 03, 2015
Pasco County EM ‏@Pasco_FL_OEM · 33m33 minutes ago
Sheriff asks that citizens attempt to be OFF the road and home by 3:00 p.m. as flood waters will be at worst
#pasco #pascoflooding #flooding

Member Since: December 31, 1969 Posts: Comments:
1215. KuCommando
4:00 PM GMT on August 03, 2015
Well, emptied close to 4" out of the feed buckets this morn....most of that probably from before midnite when the skies opened up for about an hour.....I see most of that has shifted south towards Tampa.

Been rain free all morn w/ peeks of sunshine here & there....we'll see how long that lasts into today
Member Since: December 31, 1969 Posts: Comments:
1214. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
3:57 PM GMT on August 03, 2015
Member Since: December 31, 1969 Posts: Comments:
1213. MahFL
3:56 PM GMT on August 03, 2015
Meanwhile Guillermo perked up a bit :

Member Since: December 31, 1969 Posts: Comments:
1212. beell
3:55 PM GMT on August 03, 2015
Quoting 1201. RickWPB:

Why do some people post models of possible storm formation way out 384 hours. That's 16 days!



Same reason kids (of all ages) dream of snow on Christmas day?
Member Since: December 31, 1969 Posts: Comments:
1211. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
3:52 PM GMT on August 03, 2015
95L/INV/XX/XX
Member Since: December 31, 1969 Posts: Comments:
1210. FLWeatherFreak91
3:51 PM GMT on August 03, 2015
Quoting 1207. MahFL:



The low is actually over NE Fl.
Oops. The weather has my brain all capsized
Member Since: December 31, 1969 Posts: Comments:
1209. georgevandenberghe
3:50 PM GMT on August 03, 2015
Quoting 1201. RickWPB:

Why do some people post models of possible storm formation way out 384 hours. That's 16 days!



Because they like to have the future told, however unreliable it turns out to be. Fortunetellers and palm readers also have entertainment value.

Ensemble means do have skill this far out for probability of formation and also for large scale pattern changes. A number of deterministic runs initialized at different times also creates a temporal ensemble with analagous skill improvement over a single run i.e. if six consecutive deterministic runs are saying about same thing two weeks out .. start paying attention.
Member Since: December 31, 1969 Posts: Comments:
1208. islander101010
3:49 PM GMT on August 03, 2015
could we be in a catch 22 situation
Member Since: December 31, 1969 Posts: Comments:
1207. MahFL
3:49 PM GMT on August 03, 2015
Quoting 1198. FLWeatherFreak91:

HRRR shows redevelopment over the eastern gulf at 10 hours. I don't buy it. The low is now over NW Florida, and I highly doubt the atmosphere will have time to destabilize today.


The low is actually over NE Fl.
Member Since: December 31, 1969 Posts: Comments:
1206. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
3:46 PM GMT on August 03, 2015
Quoting 1201. RickWPB:

Why do some people post models of possible storm formation way out 384 hours. That's 16 days!



for guidance I guess
but maybe to show something that they think may come too pass
but 9 times out of 10 those depictions rarely verified
can be fun to check back and watch to see if it moves up over time
from run too run but they mostly fade away chasing ghost storms
Member Since: December 31, 1969 Posts: Comments:
1205. vis0
3:42 PM GMT on August 03, 2015
Its obvious that the  engine of the "10% chance of disturbance" has stalled as its become dehydrate will someone flood its engine so it can start ...HOPEFULLY stay as a low TS and bring rain to SAR2401 & Grothar and several other thousands that need rain in near Northern Florida/SE US ofA


oh wait for a TS/hurr to run smoother it needs the drier center ...oh well joke didn't match reality

Member Since: December 31, 1969 Posts: Comments:
1204. billsfaninsofla
3:41 PM GMT on August 03, 2015
Just checking for a update. Thank you eveyone for letting us know how you are doing. Hopefully this lets up for you.
Member Since: December 31, 1969 Posts: Comments:
1203. ricderr
3:39 PM GMT on August 03, 2015
Why do some people post models of possible storm formation way out 384 hours. That's 16 days!


because that one time out of 100 that it actually pans out...they can claim......FIRST
Member Since: December 31, 1969 Posts: Comments:
1202. ricderr
3:38 PM GMT on August 03, 2015

With all the flooding in Florida, our little storm seems anti-climatic, but last night on our way home from Wisconsin, we ran into the heaviest downpour either of us have ever seen while driving on the expressway. We were going about thirty miles per hour, and could barely see the road, driving instead by taillight. I wish people wouldn't use their emergency flashers during storms because the flashing taillights in the blinding rain just makes things worse. I just heard that the roof came off the High School in Grays Lake Central, in northern Illinois. It was a tornado or micro-burst, I'm not sure which.
We beat the storm by driving about thirty-five, then forty mph. when possible. At my house the ground was dry, but the rain and damaging wind hit our house a half-hour later. We got over an inch in ten minutes!
Just wanted to tell everyone that the extreme weather is not only in Fla.


it's not however since most of the active posters in this blog are from florida it often seems that way.....

Member Since: December 31, 1969 Posts: Comments:
1201. RickWPB
3:37 PM GMT on August 03, 2015
Why do some people post models of possible storm formation way out 384 hours. That's 16 days!
Member Since: December 31, 1969 Posts: Comments:
1200. tampabaymatt
3:32 PM GMT on August 03, 2015
Quoting 1198. FLWeatherFreak91:

HRRR shows redevelopment over the eastern gulf at 10 hours. I don't buy it. The low is now over NW Florida, and I highly doubt the atmosphere will have time to destabilize today.


Who knows. Right when you think we're out of the woods we get nailed again. However, it does seem like the low is finally pulling away, so it will take the energy with it.
Member Since: December 31, 1969 Posts: Comments:
1199. tampabaymatt
3:30 PM GMT on August 03, 2015
Quoting 1191. BobinTampa:

Looks like the energy is draining from this thing. Should be pretty light rain from now on.



Does seem to be weakening a little bit. The radar loop posted by Keeper seems to show the low moving NE. So, maybe, finally there is an end in sight to this insanity.
Member Since: December 31, 1969 Posts: Comments:
1198. FLWeatherFreak91
3:25 PM GMT on August 03, 2015
HRRR shows redevelopment over the eastern gulf at 10 hours. I don't buy it. The low is now over NW Florida, and I highly doubt the atmosphere will have time to destabilize today.
Member Since: December 31, 1969 Posts: Comments:
1197. Patrap
3:25 PM GMT on August 03, 2015


Member Since: December 31, 1969 Posts: Comments:
1196. ChiThom
3:22 PM GMT on August 03, 2015
With all the flooding in Florida, our little storm seems anti-climactic, but last night on our way home from Wisconsin, we ran into the heaviest downpour either of us have ever seen while driving on the expressway. We were going about thirty miles per hour, and could barely see the road, driving instead by taillight. I wish people wouldn't use their emergency flashers during storms because the flashing taillights in the blinding rain just makes things worse. I just heard that the roof came off the High School in Grays Lake Central, in northern Illinois, as we were driving by. It was a tornado or micro-burst, I'm not sure which. Lots of branches down, but no damage to our house anyway.
We beat the storm by driving about thirty-five, then forty mph. when possible. At my house the ground was dry, but the rain and damaging wind hit our house a half-hour later. We got over an inch in ten minutes!
Just wanted to tell everyone that the extreme weather is not only in Fla.
Member Since: December 31, 1969 Posts: Comments:
1195. yesterway
3:20 PM GMT on August 03, 2015
Quoting 1175. cynvision:

With all the road closures in Pasco Co. I'm staying home today. I lay awake this morning watching the room light up and listening to thunder. Got up to dark and dreary. Stubborn, pesky system. I wanted to do some experiments with a solar wax melter and not a chance all week.
Your plans can wait. Florida's ground and surface water supplies are being increased. This is a blessing regardless of any inconvenience it causes us. In fact a tropical wave is the most "user friendly"delivery method to receive significant precipitation. So give thanks and be glad!
Member Since: December 31, 1969 Posts: Comments:
1194. beell
3:20 PM GMT on August 03, 2015
2 hr loop capture from JAX. 9:15-11:15 AM EDT.

Member Since: December 31, 1969 Posts: Comments:
1193. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
3:16 PM GMT on August 03, 2015
13W/STY/S/C5
Member Since: December 31, 1969 Posts: Comments:
1192. Climate175
3:16 PM GMT on August 03, 2015
Member Since: December 31, 1969 Posts: Comments:
1191. BobinTampa
3:15 PM GMT on August 03, 2015
Looks like the energy is draining from this thing. Should be pretty light rain from now on.
Member Since: December 31, 1969 Posts: Comments:
1190. MahFL
3:07 PM GMT on August 03, 2015
This river just went into moderate flood stage :

Member Since: December 31, 1969 Posts: Comments:
1187. Skyepony (Mod)
2:59 PM GMT on August 03, 2015
Quoting 1182. FLWeatherFreak91:

I'm in Odessa as well! Are you off racetrack?

No I got this off the twitter feed..I'm back in Melbourne. Saw some of 95L coming through South GA & North Florida yesterday. Need to go get my barn ready for another round of rain. Had ~4 inches last weekend. A friend not a 1/4 mile away had 7 inches. I may pick up a nice mare later today to keep for a while. The barn she is at is so under muck and mud from all the rain lately the owner has got to get a few of them out of there. The horse shuffling to keep the hoofs somewhat dry from all of this is well under way across Central Florida.
Member Since: December 31, 1969 Posts: Comments:
1186. Envoirment
2:57 PM GMT on August 03, 2015
Wow at Soudelor. I knew it would look impressive when I got up, but didn't expect it to look that good!

The UKMET is still predicting a tropical storm to form from 95L as it moves off the east coast and north out to sea.

The CMC is showing low pressure where the GFS develops the TW coming off Africa in 5 days time and the UKMET shows a broad area of low pressure too. Something to keep an eye on considering conditions should be favourable for the wave when it comes off and the fact it looks to be such a vigorous one!
Member Since: December 31, 1969 Posts: Comments:
1185. Portlight
2:56 PM GMT on August 03, 2015
www.portlight.org/home



Portlight Chairman Paul Timmons, aka "presslord" along with Marcie Roth at FEMA Headquarters,Washington D.C. last Thursday July 30th.

The Arlington Getting it Right Conference was held Friday and was a great success. The speakers were great and the day was a good learning experience for all attending.



The Celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act highlighted the great strides made since 1990.

Portlight is proud to have been a part of that celebration as the mission continues, with the latest news of our ever expanding mission to help those less fortunate and the disabled in times of Disaster.

With that, we are also proud to announce this from FEMA.



Portlight Strategies and FEMA Partner to Address Disability Accessibility and Disaster Preparedness

Main Content
Release date: JULY 30, 2015
Release Number: HQ-15-053



WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Portlight Strategies (Portlight) announced an agreement that will increase preparedness awareness for people with disabilities in the event of natural or man-made disasters. The agreement aligns with FEMA’s commitment to inclusive emergency management by partnering with disability organizations and community leaders who serve the whole community at the local level.

“As we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, we are also reinforcing our commitment to serving the whole community before, during and after disasters,” said Craig Fugate, FEMA Administrator. “By having preparedness plans and thinking ahead, individuals, families and communities will be ready to respond to these events when they occur.”

The new partnership will bolster working relationships with state, local, tribal and territorial emergency managers to encourage including people with disabilities in planning. It will also provide information so people understand the disaster risks in their area. By evaluating their own individual needs and making an emergency plan that fits those needs, people can be better prepared.

Some key highlights from the agreement show that FEMA and Portlight will:

Participate in training events and natural and simulation exercises, drills, and discussions focused on emergency preparedness and lessening the impact of disasters;

Share operational practices that work well and that may be adapted to make improvements in service delivery and support community resilience and accessibility for people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs; and Share research-based emergency management data and information and training experience and expertise before, during, and after disasters.

"We're excited about this next important step in our relationship with FEMA and the ways it will enhance our ability to serve the disability community in times of disaster,” said Paul Timmons Jr., Portlight Co-founder and Board Chair. “It embodies our philosophy that there must be nothing about us without us.”

The primary mission of Portlight Strategies, Inc. (Portlight) is to provide disaster relief and recovery services specifically for people with disabilities and to facilitate accessible services—compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA)—from all providers, whether governmental or non-governmental.

###

FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from and mitigate all hazards.

Follow FEMA online at www.fema.gov/blog, www.twitter.com/fema, www.facebook.com/fema and www.youtube.com/fema. Also, follow Administrator Craig Fugate's activities at www.twitter.com/craigatfema.

The social media links provided are for reference only. FEMA does not endorse any non-government websites, companies or applications.

Also,

As we enter into the Heart of the 2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season, we remind everyone to have a plan, a destination for evacuation and all supplies needed to ensure you and yours are ready and safe, should a Hurricane threaten your area.

Hurricane Preparation 2015

We want to thank the extended Portlight Family for all you do as well as those who support us financially and with volunteering too.



Member Since: December 31, 1969 Posts: Comments:
1183. sonofagunn
2:53 PM GMT on August 03, 2015
Quoting 1167. BobinTampa:

Bay News 9 reports Ozona has reported over 9 inches already today.


And it is still coming down heavy, with the heaviest storms in the Gulf lined up to train over the area for the rest of the day. Sheriff's office is evacuating residents of one RV park at Tampa Rd/Alt 19 via jon boats.
Member Since: December 31, 1969 Posts: Comments:

Viewing: 1233 - 1183

Page: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21 | 22 | 23 | 24 | 25Blog Index

Top of Page

Category 6™

About

Cat 6 lead authors: WU cofounder Dr. Jeff Masters (right), who flew w/NOAA Hurricane Hunters 1986-1990, & WU meteorologist Bob Henson, @bhensonweather