The Atlantic hurricane season extends from June 1 through November 30. Although NOAA scientists don’t expect this season to be as busy as last year, it only takes one storm to devastate a community, said Ben Friedman, acting NOAA administrator.
Hurricane season started on June 1, now is the time to get ready and advance disaster resilience in our communities, said FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell. Visit Ready.gov and Listo.gov to learn and take the steps to prepare yourself and others in your household. You can also download the FEMA app to sign-up for a variety of alerts and to access preparedness information. Also read Preparing for Hurricanes
We have prepared a hurricane supply check list that you can download and print to help you prepare for this hurricane season.
For 2021, a likely range of 13 to 20 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which 6 to 10 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including 3 to 5 major hurricanes (category 3, 4 or 5; with winds of 111 mph or higher) is expected. NOAA provides these ranges with a 70% confidence.
Hurricane Damage Restoration
Our top priority after storm damage is your safety.
Most storm damaged structures leave debris scattered, that can be dangerous. It’s our job is to contain and remove this debris and allow for you to enter the home or business under safe conditions.
Know your risk: Hurricanes are not just a coastal problem. Find out how rain, wind, water, even tornadoes could happen far inland from where a hurricane or tropical storm makes landfall.
Make an Emergency Plan: Make sure everyone in your household knows and understands your hurricane plan. Discuss the latest Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance on Coronavirus (COVID-19) and how it may affect your hurricane planning.
Know your Evacuation Zone: You may have to evacuate quickly due to a hurricane if you live in an evacuation zone. Learn your evacuation routes, practice with household, pets, and identify where you will stay.
Follow the instructions from local emergency managers, who work closely with state, local, tribal, and territorial agencies and partners. They will provide the latest recommendations based on the threat to your community and appropriate safety measures.
Disabilities: If you or anyone in your household is an individual with a disability identify if you may need additional help during an emergency.
Important Documents: Make sure your insurance policies and personal documents like ID are up to date. Make copies and keep them in a secure password protected digital space.
Outside your home: De-clutter drains and gutters, bring in outside furniture or anything that can become a flying object, consider hurricane shutters.
Tech ready: Keep your cell phone charged when you know a hurricane is in the forecast and purchase backup charging devices to power electronics.
Supplies: Have enough supplies for your household, include medication, disinfectant supplies, masks, pet supplies in your go bag or car trunk. After a hurricane, you may not have access to these supplies for days or even weeks.
Remember that not everyone can afford to respond by stocking up on necessities. For those who can afford it, making essential purchases and slowly building up supplies in advance will allow for longer time periods between shopping trips. This helps to protect those who are unable to procure essentials beforehand and must shop more frequently. Only take the items you and your family may need so that others who rely on these products can also access them.