Hurricane Preparedness Week – Day 1: Know Your Hurricane Risk

Hurricane season officially begins June 1 and runs through November 30 each year. Hurricane Preparedness Week takes place May 3-9, 2020, to provide tips to get you and your family ready for another season of storms.

For 2020, forecasters predict a higher than average season with 18 named storms, nine of them hurricanes, and four of them are expected to be rated Category 3 or higher, with sustained winds of at least 111 miles per hour. Researchers site high ocean temperatures as the reason for the increased number 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 ocean. 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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