Forecasters last week warned that the Atlantic hurricane season, (from June to the end of November), could have as many as 15 named storms, eight of which will hit hurricane strength and half of those as major category 3 storms.
While previous predictions have been off (predictions for 2005 were for around 16 storms, which in turn saw a record 28) it can’t hurt to be prepared, which is why this week has been claimed National Hurricane Preparedness Week.
During a press conference on Thursday, Conrad C. Lautenbacher, undersecretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator, said, “Preparation is essential for every hurricane season. Everyone needs to have a plan — to know what to do when a hurricane approaches your area.”
It’s with this in mind that the NOAA encourages people to visit its website designed to help those who may be affected by hurricanes be prepared. The website provides advice and knowledge on hurricane hazards such as storm surge, high winds, tornadoes and flooding. It also lists safety actions for each hazard.
Click here to visit the NOAA website and learn how to be prepared for the season.