What do you need to know before covering a hurricane or other severe weather events?

NBCU Academy 101

Coordinating producer Erika Angulo is a veteran producer for NBC News – she’s covered hurricanes, volcano eruptions, tornadoes, cave disasters and earthquakes. She will explain what to do when you are dispatched to cover severe weather like a hurricane.

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Hurricane season in the Atlantic runs from June 1 through November 30, and news crews must prepare to battle harsh weather conditions while developing sources ahead of a storm. In many cases, hurricanes result in loss of power and other essential services like banking, lodging, access to gas and even food.

Erika says anticipating your needs and that of your crew in a disaster situation makes the difference in your ability to cover the story with compassion and nuance.

When you look online, you'll see that many hurricane lists include food, water and first aid supplies. You will need all of that, but as a journalist you're going to need much more.
Erika Angulo