Hurricane season starts June 1 and ends Nov. 30 for the Atlantic Ocean
The peak threat of hurricane activity is from the middle of August through late October for the United States. For the 2011 hurricane season, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration stated last week that the Atlantic basin is expected to see an above-normal hurricane season this year, according to this seasons outlook issued by NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center.
Across the entire Atlantic Basin, NOAA is predicting the following ranges this year;
- 12 to 18 named storms (with winds of 39 mph or higher) of which,
- 6 to 10 could become hurricanes (with winds of 74 mph or higher), including
- 3 to 6 major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5; winds of 111 mph or higher)
The impact of hurricanes is not only limited to the coastline, flooding rainfall, debris and strong winds often pose a threat to inland areas as well. Being prepared is critical, therefore, individuals and families should be ready, before a storm is even forecasted.
Every residence should have a hurricane package with the following supplies:
- Water: 1 gallon of water daily, per person, enough for at least 3-7 days
- Food: A 4-7 day supply of nonperishable foods, canned foods, snack foods, any specialty foods for infants or the elderly.
- Cooking tools, fuel, paper plates and plastic utensils.
- First Aid Kit, Prescription Drugs and Medicines
- Hygiene Items, Toiletries
- Flashlights and extra batteries
- Battery operated or hand cranked Radio/TV
- Fully charged cell phone and a traditional (not cordless) telephone
- Blankets, Pillows
- Cash and Credit Cards
- Seasonal clothing; sturdy shoes, rain gear
- Important documents in a waterproof container; Insurance, medical records, bank account numbers, social security card, etc…
- Vehicles filled with fuel
- Pet care items: Supply of food and water, proper identification, immunization records, medications, a carrier or cage and their leash and collar, and having a plan for your pets.
Most of all make sure your Insurance is active, once a storm is in the box close to Florida you will not be able to get Home insurance or coverage for your vehicle. My name is Don, please contact me with any questions.
Don Westerfeld 5/29/2011 7:39:00 AM