The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicted an above normal Atlantic hurricane season for 2006, but the 2006 hurricane season was near normal. NOAA says there is a 75% chance that the 2007 season will be above normal. Time will tell. Meanwhile, since Hurricane Preparedness Week in May, and since the 2007 Atlantic hurricane season began June 1, there have been news stories with advice on how to prepare yourself and your family for survival in the event of a hurricane.
Comprehensive works on predicting hurricanes (e.g., Hurricane Watch: Forecasting the Deadliest Storms on Earth) are classed in 551.6452 Forecasting hurricanes (built with 551.64 Forecasting and forecasts of specific phenomena plus 52 from 551.552 Hurricanes, according to instructions under 551.641–551.647 Specific meteorological phenomena).
Works on personal and family actions to prepare for and survive hurricanes and other disasters are classed in 613.69 Survival (e.g., Natural Disasters and Other Emergencies, What You Should Know: a Family Planning & Survival Guide and The Ultimate Storm Survival Handbook).
Mappings in WebDewey for the LCSH Hurricane Katrina, 2005, illustrate how works on a specific hurricane are classed. The general rules for selecting the discipline for works on a specific hurricane are similar to those for other natural disasters, such as earthquakes. We discussed these rules in the context of an earlier blog about the San Francisco earthquake.
Comprehensive works on Hurricane Katrina as a historical event are classed in 976.044 History of the south central United States, 2000–. Works on Hurricane Katrina as a historical event that focus on New Orleans (e.g., Hurricane Katrina and the Devastation of New Orleans, 2005) are classed in 976.335064 History of New Orleans, 2000– (built with 9 [the base number for history] plus T2—76335 Orleans Parish [New Orleans], according to the instructions under 930–990 History of ancient world; of specific continents, countries, localities; of extraterrestrial worlds plus 064 from 976.3064 2000–, according to the instructions under 930–990).
Comprehensive works on social services needed because of Hurricane Katrina (e.g., Learning from Catastrophe: Quick Response Research in the Wake of Hurricane Katrina) are classed in 363.349220976090511 Social services for hurricanes in U.S. South Central States, 2000–2009 (built with 363.3492 Social services for disasters caused by weather conditions plus 2 from 551.552 Hurricanes, according to the instructions under 363.34922–363.34926 Specific kinds of storms, plus T1—09 Geographic treatment plus T2—76 South central United States Gulf Coast states plus 09 Historical treatment from the add table under T1—093–T1—099 Treatment by specific continents, countries, localities; extraterrestrial worlds plus 0511 from T1—090511 2000–2009, according to the instructions under T1—093–T1—099).
Comprehensive works on meteorological aspects of Hurricane Katrina are classed in 551.5520916364090511 Hurricanes, Gulf of Mexico, 2000–2009 (551.552 Hurricanes plus T1—09 Geographic treatment plus T2—16364 Gulf of Mexico plus 09 Historical treatment from the add table under T1—093–T1—099 Treatment by specific continents, countries, localities; extraterrestrial worlds plus 0511 from T1—090511 2000–2009, according to the instructions under T1—093–T1—099).