Hurricane season start is right around the corner

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, May 22, 2019

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Hurricane Season

Hurricane season is just around the corner.

It runs from June 1 to November 30 with the peak period in September and October.

Hurricanes can be deadly and cause severe damage. The 2019 Hurricane Season is predicted to be above average.  The chance of the United States being hit by major storm are 70% greater than last year.

Meteorologists expect 13 named storms will form in the Atlantic this season and five to become hurricanes.   Are you prepared?  Here is a list to clip and save:



Family Disaster Plan

• Discuss the type of hazards that could affect your family.  Know your home’s vulnerability to storm surge, flooding and wind.

• Locate a safe room or the safest area in your home for each hurricane hazard.  In certain circumstances the safest areas may not be your home, but within your community.

• Determine escape route from your home and places to meet.  These should be measured in tens of miles rather than hundreds of miles.

• Have an out-of-state friend as a family contact, so all your family members have a single point of contact.

• Make a plan now for what to do with your pets if you need to evacuate

• Check your insurance coverage – flood damage is not usually covered by homeowner’s insurance.

• Stock non-perishable emergency supplies and a Disaster Supply Kit.

• Use a NOAA weather radio.  Remember tp replace its battery every six months

Disaster Supply Kit

• Water-at least 1 gallon daily per person for 3 to 7 days.

• Food-at least enough for 3 to 7 days

• non-perishable packaged or canned food / juices

• foods for infants or the elderly

• snack foods

• non-electric can opener

• cooking tools / fuel

• paper plates / plastic utensils

• Blankets / Pillows, etc.

• Clothing-seasonal / rain gear / sturdy shoes

• Special items-for babies and the elderly.

• Toiletries / Hygiene items / Moisture wipes

• Flashlight /Batteries

• Cash-Batteries

• Cash-Banks and ATMs may not be open or available for extended periods.

• Extra Keys

Be sure to clip this article and save it for later use.  It may help you prepare for Hurricane Season.  Source: Facets, May/June 2019.