It’s day four of the NOAA Hurricane Awareness tour. It’s an event put on by our local National Weather Service in conjunction with other government and first responder agencies.
This morning local children were given tours of the Escambia County Command Center and, of course, the Hurricane Hunter aircraft. Jason Beaman of the National Weather Service (NWS) Mobile stated that “Hopefully the children go home and have a discussion with their parents to start thinking about getting a hurricane plan together”.
Of the students that we spoke to they were all enthusiastic and, when asked what their favorite thing was, the answer was unanimously the WC-130 USAF aircraft. Few kids saying it was “really cool”.
The students weren’t the only ones able to come by to check out the aircraft. Anyone who wanted to check out the various aircraft and other agencies were welcome.
Every official and organization today were all preaching to the same message, HAVE A PLAN. It’s never to early to start preparing. That message was heard loud and clear, even by some of the students. Timmy of Saint Patrick’s Catholic School told us “That you should always be more prepared than under prepared.”
It’s been more than a decade since a tropical cyclone affected our area and the question is not if another storm will move in, but when. Jeff Medlin the meteorologist in charge at the NWS Mobile mentioned that on average “the return period for a category 1 storm to hit the Pensacola/Mobile area is roughly ten years”.