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Hurricane Florence could impact millions of people in the eastern United States. But the extent and magnitude of these impacts are difficult to predict. To improve our understanding of how massive storms like Florence impact our communities and countryside, we need to collect data that is only available immediately after the storm. We can’t do this alone.
This is where you can make a difference. Take science into your own hands, pick up your phone and document the impacts of Hurricane Florence in the area where you live.
Help the Water Resources Center at East Carolina University document and share the impacts of the storm. Once Florence passes and you are able to safely explore your environment, document the impacts that you see around you. Mark the edge of an area near you that has flooded. Take a picture of a house that has been damaged. Tell us where roads or other infrastructure is no longer functioning. If everyone helps to collect a little bit of data, it will help scientists and planners to understand where unexpected impacts occur and how predictions of hurricane impacts can be improved.
You can submit data using a simple form on this website: http://bit.ly/florencesurvey
View maps of the data that you and others submit as well as other real-time data about the storm track and flood levels in streams using this website: http://bit.ly/florencedata
When submitting data, please indicate the location of your observation as accurately as possible. If you are marking the edge of a flooded area, for example, this will help us to use your data to map out the extent of flooding that occurred throughout the region.
Be careful and be prepared!
Hurricane Florence is a life threatening event, but being well prepared will aid you and your family in reducing risk. Make sure to have an emergency kit stocked and ready for use (https://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit) and that you have a family emergency plan in place (https://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan).
Regular updates on the approach of Hurricane Florence can be obtained from the National Hurricane Center: https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/
Information specific to your area can be obtained from your local stream of NOAA’s All Hazards Radio: https://noaaweatherradio.org/ (radio frequencies also available here)
Follow all instructions from local agencies, including evacuation orders, road closures, boil water alerts and other emergency notifications. Most states provide excellent information on emergency response, including:
South Carolina: https://www.scemd.org/
North Carolina: https://www.ncdps.gov/florence
Virginia: “Know Your Zones” Evacuation Map
ECU is maintaining a page of information on Hurricane Florence for students and residents of the Greenville area at https://florencerecovery.ecu.edu/.