Hurricane workshop set for May 28

East Carolina University and the North Carolina Division of Emergency Management are hosting a hurricane workshop, focusing on preparation and resilience. The fifth annual event will be held 9 a.m.–3 p.m. May 28 in the Murphy Center at ECU’s Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.

The free workshop is open to anyone interested or involved in disaster mitigation related primarily to hurricanes. In order to attend, registration must be completed at https://terms.ncem.org/TRS/home.do.

The event will feature a 60th anniversary retrospective of Hurricane Hazel, the devastating storm that slammed the North Carolina coast in 1954.

North Carolina Emergency Management Director Mike Sprayberry will lead the event, beginning with an update on North Carolina’s Coastal Regional Evacuation and Sheltering plan.

Speakers from local, state, and national agencies, the media and academia will include:

  • Jason Glazener, community planner with the Wilmington District US Army Corps of Engineers, speaking about projects related to evacuation.
  • Jamie Rhome, unit leader of the National Hurricane Center Storm Surge, demonstrating hurricane forecasting improvement projects.
  • Anuradha Mukherji, ECU assistant professor of geography, discussing results of her recent research on building local resilience.
  • John Cole, National Weather Service (NWS) Warning Coordination meteorologist at the forecast office in Newport, and Steve Pfaff of NOAA and the NWS Storm Ready Program, presenting the Hurricane Hazel retrospective, part of a series of events leading up to the Oct. 15 anniversary of the storm.
  • Skip Waters, chief meteorologist at WCTI, and Nate Johnson, meteorologist and executive producer for WRAL, discussing the roles of traditional and social media in forecasting and informing the public about weather hazards.
  • John Dorman, director, and Ken Ashe, assistant director, of the North Carolina Floodplain Mapping program highlighting impacts of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012.

Lunch will be provided to registered attendees.

The event is hosted by the N.C. Division of Emergency Management and ECU’s Center for Natural Hazards Research, and co-sponsored by North Carolina Sea Grant.

For more information about the event, contact Donna Kain at kaind@ecu.edu, or Christopher Jackson at jacksonch@ecu.edu. For additional registration information, visit www.ecu.edu/hazards.

 

 

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Hurricane workshop set for May 28

The 5th Annual East Carolina University/North Carolina Emergency Management Hurricane Workshop will be held from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. May 28 at the Murphy Center, East Carolina University.

Topics will include the following:22392972_BG1_1

  • Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 and Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014 Update: John Dorman, NCEM; Ken Ashe, NCEM
  • Coastal Regional Evacuation & Sheltering:  Director Sprayberry, NCEM; Kristin Skinner, New Hanover County
  • Hurricane Hazel Anniversary Panel: John Cole, NWS
  • Hurricane Forecasting Improvement Project: Jamie Rhome, National Hurricane Center
  • Media and Disasters Panel: Nate Johnson, WRAL; Skip Waters, WCTI
  • Building Local Resilience: Hazard Mitigation Plan Implementation in Coastal North Carolina: AnuradhaMukherji, East Carolina University

Lunch will be provided for registered attendees.To register visit http://terms.ncem.org.

For additional information or other questions, visit http://www.ecu.edu/hazards/ or contact Donna Kain at kaind@ecu.edu. For registration assistance, contact Chris Jackson at JACKSONCH@ECU.EDU; 252-328-5718

 

 

 

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Joyner Library offers pet therapy to relieve exam stress

Time spent with a dog or cat can help students unwind from the stresses of exam time. Joyner Library is offering three pet therapy sessions during the spring 2014 exam period. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

Time spent with a dog or cat can help students unwind from the stresses of exam time. Joyner Library is offering three pet therapy sessions during the spring 2014 exam period. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

May 1 marks the start of spring semester exams at ECU, prompting for many students a stress-filled week of late-night studying. To help alleviate that stress, Joyner Library is offering some furry help from pet therapy dogs May 1, 5 and May 6.

In the Pet Therapy sessions, ECU outreach librarians team with Pet Partners to provide trained animals and handlers who visit campus to interact with students. The goal of the interaction with cats and dogs – and with the human owners —  is to help students unwind in a friendly social setting. Snacks are provided. Participants may register for prizes, send home a free postcard or post a photo to the library’s Instagram account.

Scheduled events are noon to 1 p.m. May 1, with Callie and Breeze the black lab; 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. May 5 with JJ the boxer; and 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. May 6 with Aggie the cat, Waldo the lab/corgi and Yazzie the Doberman.

For more information contact Carolyn Willis, outreach coordinator at willisc@ecu.edu, or 252-328-0400 or Kathryn K. Webb, interim head of service at kavanaghk@ecu.edu or 252-328-0734.

– Dawn Wainwright

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Sixty years later: Town hall meeting commemorates Hurricane Hazel

A fallen tree crushes a car in Chapel Hill. (Roland Giduz. North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, UNC Chapel Hill)

A fallen tree crushes a car in Chapel Hill.
(Roland Giduz. North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, UNC Chapel Hill)

On May 5, East Carolina University will host the first in a series of statewide meetings on hurricane and severe weather preparedness that commemorate the 60th anniversary of Hurricane Hazel.

The meeting, organized by the ECU Office of Environmental Health & Safety and the National Weather Service in Newport, will be held from 8:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. on Monday, May 5 in the Willis Building, 300 East First St., Greenville.

Track of Hurricane Hazel across the eastern US. (National Weather Service, Raleigh)

Track of Hurricane Hazel across the eastern US.
(National Weather Service, Raleigh)

Hurricane Hazel hit the North Carolina coast on Oct. 15, 1954, the strongest recorded Category 4 hurricane in state history.

The event is free and open to the public. Parking will be available in front of the Willis Building.

In addition to information about Hurricane Hazel, participants will learn how to prepare for the upcoming hurricane and severe weather season.

Panelists will include Matt Engelbrecht, meteorologist with WITN, and representatives from the American Red Cross, Pitt County Emergency Management, Pitt County Public Health, Greenville Fire & Rescue and Greenville Utilities Commission.

Presenters will answer questions and provide guidance on preparedness, response and recovery activities.

ECU is recognized as a StormReady university by the National Weather Service. The designation means ECU conducts advanced planning, education and awareness efforts and implements effective warning systems.

For more information on the town hall meeting, visit http://goo.gl/xD0qse or contact Lauren Gunter in the Office of Environmental Health & Safety at 252-328-6166 or guntera@ecu.edu.

In addition, the National Weather Service is seeking personal stories, photos or video related to Hurricane Hazel to include in a planned 60th anniversary project by emailing Sandy.LaCorte@noaa.gov.

-  Crystal Baity

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