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Hurricane Season is May 15th thru November 30th. Prepare today! 'Average' Atlantic Hurricane Season. *Effective 2021

Hurricane season is upon us! The Hurricane Season typically begins May 15th for the Eastern Pacific, June 1st for the Atlantic and Central Pacific, and runs through the end of November, with September being the most active month. The year 2020 saw an above average season with 30 named storms, 12 of which made landfall. Colorado State University’s Department of Atmospheric Science predicts another above-average season in 2021. This year the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration began using 1991-2020 as the new 30 year period of record to predict Hurricane averages. With this new data hurricane predictions have increased from 14 named storms and 7 hurricanes in the Atlantic, the Eastern Pacific with 5 named storms and 8 hurricanes, and Central Pacific with 4 named storms and 3 hurricanes.

'Average' Atlantic Hurricane Season. *Effective 2021

Hurricanes, also known as tropical cyclones, are low-pressure systems that form over tropical or subtropical waters. Hurricanes get their energy from the warm ocean water. Once storm systems become hurricanes, the surface winds move in a continuous circular motion known as closed circulation. To be classified as a hurricane these winds need to be greater than 74 mph. Some hurricane wind speeds have been known to reach over 180 mph!!! Since 2015 hurricanes have caused more than 200 deaths annually in the US alone.

It is easy to say, "I am going to prepare." We all plan to be prepared. Disasters have a way of happening before we are prepared.

So how can you prepare now to stay safe during and after the storm?

Think Ahead- Know the risks to your home. Sign up for wireless community alerts. Stay tuned to local television and radio broadcasts.Have a plan; make sure family members and other relatives know where to meet in case of an evacuation. Have an emergency kit readily accessible. Your kit should include first aid supplies, pet supplies, as well as any important personal documents. Attend first aid and C.E.R.T. training so you are prepared to help in case of an emergency.

Stay Safe During- Evacuate immediately if advised to do so and make sure to take your emergency kit with you, stay away from windows, and take shelter in an interior room on the lowest level. Be cautious of flooding (do not attempt to cross moving water) and move to higher ground if necessary.

After the Storm- Do not return to the area until authorities have said it is safe to do so. Remember to avoid driving through flooded roads, and make sure to wear protective gear such as gloves and masks when cleaning debris.

Hurricanes can be scary but by taking precautions early and thinking ahead, you will be ready to act fast, survive the storm and stay safe afterward.

Every victim of a disaster has two things in common: self-preservation and the sudden understanding of their current situation. Most will experience panic, fear, and a sense of hopelessness. Remember, disasters are not planned, they just happen. So, what can you do? Preparedness and practice, are your keys to surviving an unexpected emergency. Not only will they give you tools to survive, they will also influence your mental state, helping you to overcome the initial panic, fear, and distress that can arise with an unexpected emergency.

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Additional Information can be found here:

  1. Shop our Disaster & Survival Products
  2. Disasters Happen, Prepare Now, Learn How
  3. How to Prepare for a Hurricane
  4. Hurricanes - Disasters and Emergencies
  5. What is a hurricane?

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