Huntington Town Supervisor Frank P. Petrone and WABC-TV
Eyewitness News Meteorologist Bill Evans are teaming up Aug. 18 to host a
special briefing on preparing for the 2009 hurricane season.
"Experts tell us it's
only matter of time before Long Island is hit with another serious hurricane.
With the 2009 hurricane season approaching the months when Long Island has
traditionally been affected, all of us need to begin making the preparations
that will help us endure a storm and its aftermath," said Supevisor Petrone.
"This briefing will help Town residents know what they should be doing now –
before it is too late."
At the briefing, Supervisor Petrone will
provide tips on how to prepare for the hurricane season, as well as discuss the
state of the art features and benefits of the Town's new Emergency Operations
Center (EOC). Meteorologist Evans
will provide an overview of the science of hurricanes and recount some of his
experiences with some of the greatest hurricane events in recent history, as
well as underscore the need for advance planning. Attendees will also receive a
copy of the Town's Hurricane Preparedness Handbook.
The briefing will be held
at 2 p.m. at the Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Avenue, Huntington. It is open to
the public and free.
Both Supervisor Petrone and Mr, Evans have
considerable expertise in hurricanes and hurricane preparedness. As the former Regional
Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Supervisor Petrone
was instrumental in developing FEMA's Hurricane Preparedness Program and guided
federal policy on disaster mitigation plans. During Hurricane Gloria in
1985, Mr. Petrone managed the Long Island response and recovery plan for FEMA. In 2006, the Supervisor was chosen by
U.S. Congressman Steve Israel to Co-Chair his Congressional Hurricane
Preparedness Group. He was also the featured speaker at a special Hurricane
Preparedness seminar at Dowling College.
Mr. Evans is a
nationally-known meteorologist based in New York City, and has won 8 Emmy Awards
for his entertaining and informative weather reporting. In addition to his
television broadcasting duties, he does the weather for RadioDisney, ESPN Radio,
WGCH-AM, WPLJ-FM, and appears on ABC radio in major markets throughout the US,
as well as filling in on Good Morning America. As a senior on-air weather
personality, Bill has written and produced numerous documentaries on hurricanes
and severe weather. In the course of his research, he has flown in "Hurricane
Hunter" aircraft during major storms. He was presented with the annual
Outstanding Meteorologist Award by the National Weather Service for his research
and reporting efforts. His appearances on Good Morning America and
Live with Regis and Kelly, as well as national radio reports, have made
Evans nationally renowned for his entertaining and energetic weather
coverage. Bill has co-authored two
books, "Category 7" and more recently "Frozen Fire." Both are thrillers centered around
hurricanes, with "Category 7" having made the New York Times Bestsellers
Persons wishing to attend
the briefing are asked to RSVP by calling Carolyn Plante at 351-3253, extension