The NOAA Climate Prediction Center expects the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season to be near normal. What that suggests is that this season, which began on June 1 and extends through November 30, will bring 10-16 named storms. Of those, 4-8 could become hurricanes, with 1-4 growing to major hurricane status (winds of 111 mph or stronger).
Already this year we’ve seen 4 named storms, including Colin and Danielle in June – the earliest third and fourth storms on record in the Atlantic. This doesn’t necessarily indicate a more active season, but it does remind us that we need to be prepared at all times.
NOAA suggests these practices to ensure you’re prepared for hurricanes and severe storms:
- Re-read your insurance policy. Know what is covered and what isn’t, how much your deductible is, and who to contact in case you ever need to file a claim.
- Store non-perishable food and drinking water. Severe storms can hinder your access to roadways, which can keep you from grocery stores. Power failures at water treatment plants can compromise water quality.
- Check flashlights and generators. Be sure they are in good working condition and keep extra batteries on hand.
- If you keep a boat at or near the coast, decide where you will move it if necessary.
- Learn all official evacuation routes inland.
- Trim trees and shrubs to minimize damage from falling or flying branches.
When a watch is posted in your area
- Tune to radio or TV news, or a NOAA weather radio for official updates
- Fill your vehicle fuel tanks
- Withdraw some extra cash in case a power failure disables ATMs
- Stock up on first aid supplies and medications
- Secure outdoor objects such as garbage cans, patio furniture, and toys that could become projectiles in heavy winds
When a warning is posted in your area
- Pay close attention to news outlets and weather radio for official bulletins
- Close storm shutters or cover windows with plywood
- Don’t stay in a mobile or manufactured home which could sustain severe damage during the storm
- Obey commands from local officials – evacuate immediately if ordered
- Notify neighbors and family of your evacuation plan so they are able to reach you if needed
- If you do evacuate, don’t return until the area is declared safe by local officials
Read these tips for preparing a hurricane survival kit
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