Eye of the Storm: Hurricane Science, Mitigation and Preparedness
Date(s) - May 20, 2017
10:00 am - 05:00 pm
The Museum of Discovery and Science
Eye of the Storm: Hurricane Science, Mitigation and Preparedness
Free Event Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
At Museum of Discovery and Science
Fort Lauderdale, May 5, 2017 – South Florida families are invited to a free day of activities at Eye of the Storm: Hurricane Science Mitigation and Preparedness on Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Florida Division of Emergency Management and Florida International University’s International Hurricane Research Center. Partners include Broward County Emergency Management, City of Fort Lauderdale Emergency Management, Florida Power & Light Company (FPL), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Miami-Dade College and the International Hurricane Protection Association (IHPA).
Hurricane preparedness is vital for South Florida, with a rich history of hurricane landfalls, most notably Hurricanes Andrew (1992), Katrina (2005) and Wilma (2005). Hurricane Mathew last year was a reminder that we live in the hurricane capital of the country, and we all need to be ready and prepared every hurricane season. Hurricane season in South Florida officially begins on June 1st and lasts through November 30th, with the peak occurring in late August through October.
The Eye of the Storm event will include the opening of a new permanent exhibit commemorating the 25thAnniversary of Hurricane Andrew. The exhibit, sponsored by the Florida Division of Emergency Management and Florida International University’s International Hurricane Research Center, includes iconic pictures of its devastating effects across Miami-Dade County.
Eye of the Storm: Hurricane Science Mitigation and Preparedness activities include interactive weather briefings and demonstrations by local meteorologists, presentations by FIU Wall of Wind Researchers, NOAA’s Hurricane Hunters, “Pet Preparedness,” and live theater shows and demonstrations featuring Tsunami Tim, Owlie Skywarn and How the Weather Works. Guests will have the unique opportunity to conduct a hurricane broadcast in the Museum’s Storm Center and meet our local TV meteorologists.
Visitors will be able to test home construction against hurricane force winds in the Wall of Wind (WOW), courtesy of FIU’s International Hurricane Research Center. Plus, see remarkable footage of structures tested by the real Wall of Wind research facility at FIU.
“Hurricane preparedness and preparation are crucial for all South Florida residents,” said Museum/CEO Kim Cavendish. “Eye of the Storm will educate our community on various levels as we embark on another potentially active hurricane season. While we cannot control when a hurricane will affect our region, we can control how we organize and prepare for these catastrophic systems.”
Eye of the Storm Activities – Saturday, May 20, 2017
- Interactive Demonstrations
o Tropical Weather Briefings by National Hurricane Center and National Weather Service
o NOAA’s Hurricane Hunters
o Rip Current Safety – Ocean Rescue
o TV Weather Studio – Miami Dade College
o Windy City Tower Activity
o FIU Engineering on Wheels
- Presentations by Hurricane Experts
o FIU Wall of Wind Researchers
o National Weather Service – Weather Balloon
- Explore the Museum’s Storm Center
o Meet local TV meteorologists
o Do a weather broadcast from the Miami-Dade College TV Studio.
- Live Theater Shows for All Ages
o Professor Tinkermeister
o Owlie Skywarn
o How The Weather Works
- Pet Preparedness
o Canine Dogs
- Emergency Response Vehicles
- Broward Sheriff’s Office, Broward County Emergency Management and Fort Lauderdale Emergency Management.
ABOUT FLORIDA DIVISON OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
The Division of Emergency Management plans for and responds to both natural and man-made disasters. These range from floods and hurricanes to incidents involving hazardous materials or nuclear power. The division prepares and implements a statewide Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan, and routinely conducts extensive exercises to test state and county emergency response capabilities. The division is the state’s liaison with federal and local agencies on emergencies of all kinds. Division staff members provide technical assistance to local governments as they prepare emergency plans and procedures. They also conduct emergency operations training for state and local governmental agencies. http://www.floridadisaster.org/index.asp
ABOUT FIU INTERNATIONAL HURRICANE RESEARCH CENTER
The IHRC is a multi-disciplinary research and education organization focused on a single mission: to reduce hurricane damage and loss of life through more effective mitigation. As a University entity, the IHRC conducts both basic and applied research. The Center’s current studies involve such areas as: household mitigation and evacuation; storm hazard and vulnerability mapping, long-term community recovery; and economic loss modeling. The IHRC also collaborates actively with the National Hurricane Center (NHC), co-located on the FIU University Park Campus in West Miami-Dade. http://www.ihrc.fiu.edu/
ABOUT BROWARD COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT DIVISION
The Broward County Emergency Management Division develops and implements comprehensive emergency planning response, mitigation and recovery activities in order to save lives and protect property in emergencies. Technical assistance is available to develop and maintain emergency plans for all types of hazards. Free training and presentations are available to the public on request. For more information, visit Broward.org/Emergency, follow us on Twitter @ReadyBroward, like us on Facebook.com/BrowardEMD or call 954-831-3900.
ABOUT CITY OF FORT LAUDERDALE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT BUREAU
The City of Fort Lauderdale Domestic Preparedness and Emergency Management Bureau is responsible for developing, organizing and facilitating classroom training and disaster preparedness exercises for the City of Fort Lauderdale. The City of Fort Lauderdale Domestic Preparedness and Emergency Management Bureau encourages and promotes our neighbors to be well trained and prepared. For more information on how to assist us in making your community safer, stronger and better prepared please contact us at FTL.EM@fortlauderdale.gov , like us on Facbeook.com/City of Fort Lauderdale CERT or call (954) 828-6700
ABOUT THE MUSEUM OF DISCOVERY AND SCIENCE
The mission of the Museum of Discovery and Science is to provide experiential pathways to lifelong learning in science for children and adults through exhibits, programs and films. Founded in 1976 as The Discovery Center, the nonprofit facility serves approximately 400,000 visitors annually. Major operational support for the Museum is provided through generous support by Leadership Guild members including: Broward Health, JM Family Enterprises, Inc., Jet Blue and Wells Fargo.
The Museum is open seven days a week, 365 days a year; Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. The Museum of Discovery and Science is located downtown at 401 SW Second Street, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33312. For more information about the Museum, visitors should call 954.467.MODS (6637) or visit our web site at www.mods.org