As hurricane season rapidly approaches, it is important to take the necessary precautions to ensure you and your family are safe. Make sure you have an emergency plan in place, and stocked up on supplies like water, food, and batteries. If you live in an area that is prone to hurricanes, be especially prepared this year. Stay tuned to local weather reports and evacuation instructions, and don't hesitate to evacuate if ordered to do so. Having a plan and following instructions can help keep you safe during a hurricane.
Residents of coastal communities are preparing for the possibility of severe weather. Hurricane preparedness includes stocking up on supplies, making sure your home is in good repair, and having a plan for evacuation. Hurricane season typically runs from June 1st to November 30th, with the peak of activity occurring from August to October. The Atlantic hurricane season is forecast to be above average this year, with 16 named storms expected. Hurricane names are retired if the storm was particularly devastating, so this year's list includes some familiar names like Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Harvey. While no one can predict exactly where or when a hurricane will strike, it's important to be prepared for the possibility of severe weather. Taking steps to protect your home and property can help minimize the damage caused by a hurricane, and knowing what to do in the event of a hurricane can help keep you safe. With hurricane season approaching, now is the time to make sure you're prepared.
Forecasters are predicting an active year. Hurricane activity typically peaks between August and October, so it's important to be prepared. Coastal communities are particularly vulnerable to hurricanes, but even inland areas can be affected by heavy rains and flooding. There are a few simple steps you can take to help reduce the impact of a hurricane:
- Know your risk. Check the National Hurricane Center's Hurricane Risk Map to see if you live in an area that is at risk for hurricanes.
- Stay informed. Make sure you have a NOAA Weather Radio or another way to receive alerts from the National Weather Service during a hurricane. Keep up with local news reports to stay updated on the latest information.
- Create a plan. Know what you'll do if a hurricane is headed your way. Have an evacuation plan and make sure you have all the supplies you'll need, including food, water, and medicine.
- Stay safe. If a hurricane is approaching, follow the instructions of local officials and evacuate if ordered to do so. Stay indoors during the storm and away from windows. Be careful when returning home after a Hurricane as there may be downed power lines or other hazards present.
While no one can predict exactly where or when a hurricane will strike, it's important to be prepared for the possibility of severe weather. Taking steps to protect your home and property can help minimize the damage caused by a hurricane, and knowing what to do in the event of a hurricane can help keep you safe. With hurricane season approaching, now is the time to make sure you're prepared.