According to the National Hurricane Center, Delta is forecast to approach the northern Gulf Coast late this week as a hurricane. While there is large uncertainty in the track and intensity forecasts, there is a significant risk of dangerous storm surge, wind, and rainfall hazards along the coast from Louisiana to the western Florida Panhandle beginning Thursday night or Friday. Residents in these areas should ensure they have their hurricane plan in place and monitor updates to the forecast of Delta.
And the same applies to cultural institutions and arts organizations in the Panhandle.
Preparedness tips for cultural stewards – in Word and as a PDF – are available here from the Heritage Emergency National Task Force. These tips can also be found on the HENTF dashboard, which will furnish key messages and graphics from the National Hurricane Center through the weekend. However, for the most up-to-date information, HENTF encourages you and your constituents to:
- Track the storm via the National Hurricane Center, http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/.
- Monitor products issued by your local National Weather Service forecast office for storm.
- Monitor information via the Florida Division of Emergency Management at https://www.floridadisaster.org/.
- Keep this 24/7 hotline number handy: 202.661.8068. The National Heritage Responders, a team of trained conservators and collections care professionals, are available 24/7 to provide advice.
- Download FEMA fact sheets “After the Flood: Advice for Salvaging Damaged Family Treasures” and “Salvaging Water-Damaged Family Valuables and Heirlooms,” available at https://www.fema.gov/media-collection/heritage-emergency-national-task-force.
Please take care and stay safe. I’ll be in touch.
Coordinator | Heritage Emergency National Task Force
Office of Environmental Planning & Historic Preservation
Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration
Federal Emergency Management Agency