Hurricane Preparedness Week Begins May 9

According to weather.com, the past five years have been devastating for the Atlantic hurricane season, claiming more than 3,000 lives and inflicting more damage than any other 5-year period on record in the United States. Those statistics mean it’s more important than ever to be prepared for the 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season, which officially begins June 1 and ends November 30.

For 2021, forecasters expect another higher-than-average season with similar pre-season predictions as 2020. The number of named storms is anticipated to be 17-18 with 8 hurricanes and 3-4 rated Category 3 or higher, meaning sustained winds of at least 111 miles per hour. As in 2020, researchers cite high ocean temperatures as the reason for the increased number of storms.

Hurricane Preparedness Week, May 9-15, 2021, was developed to provide tips to get you and your family and business ready for another season of storms.

It’s still too early to predict where the hurricanes will make landfall, so it’s important for everyone in the highest risk areas to be as prepared as possible, well before the storm makes its way across the Atlantic or the Gulf. And the perfect time to check your risk and your plans is during Hurricane Preparedness Week.

The first step is to know your risk. Check with local officials or local emergency management agencies to learn more and sign up for alerts. You can also download the FEMA app.

If you live on the coast, you likely know you are most at risk for extreme winds & flooding from rain & storm surge during a hurricane. But if you live inland, you are also at risk for wind, thunderstorms, flooding, & power outages during a hurricane. Hurricanes not only result in high winds, but floods, too. If you see a flooded path: Turn Around, Don’t Drown!

Do you know the difference between a watch and a warning? A hurricane watch means that conditions are possible within the next 48 hours, while a hurricane warning means that conditions are expected within 36 hours.

There are numerous resources to help you better prepare for a hurricane. Below is a short list of some of the best information available to you:

Check back every day of this week for additional information to help you know what to do if and when a hurricane is predicted to affect your community.

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