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Eye of the Storm: Hurricane Science, Mitigation and Preparedness
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Saturday, May 20, 2017, 10:00am - 05:00pm
     

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 25th Anniversary 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
  • Tropical Weather Briefings by National Hurricane Center and National Weather Service
  • NOAA’s Hurricane Hunters
  • Rip Current Safety – Ocean Rescue
  • TV Weather Studio – Miami Dade College
  • Windy City Tower Activity
  • FIU Engineering on Wheels
  • Presentations by Hurricane Experts
  • FIU Wall of Wind Researchers
  • National Weather Service – Weather Balloon
  • Explore the Museum’s Storm Center
  • Meet local TV meteorologists
  • Do a weather broadcast from the Miami-Dade College TV Studio.
  • Live Theater Shows for All Ages
  • Professor Tinkermeister
  • Owlie Skywarn
  • How The Weather Works
  • Pet Preparedness
  • Canine Dogs
  • Emergency Response Vehicles
  • Broward Sheriff’s Office, Broward County Emergency Management and Fort Lauderdale Emergency Management.
Location Museum of Discovery and Science
401 SW 2nd Street
Fort Lauderdale
Florida
33312