Hurricane Preparedness Week: Know Your Hurricane Risk

The Weather Company and Colorado State University agree that 2022 is expected to be another busy year for hurricanes, although not as bad as two years ago. The prediction is 20 tropical storms, eight hurricanes and four major hurricanes to occur within the official dates of hurricane season: June 1 – November 30. However, we’ve seen several named storms that occur in May before the season officially begins.

To help you prepare for the 2022 season, we’ve dusted off the tips and guidelines from the past, as all recommendation remain relevant. Let’s work together during Hurricane Preparedness Week (May 1-7) to make sure we’re all ready for another season of storms.

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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