WASHINGTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency marks the official start to the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season by encouraging everyone to take responsibility and be prepared. The Atlantic hurricane season officially runs from June 1 until November 30.
“Preparedness is everyone’s responsibility,” said Administrator Brock Long. “A resilient nation requires a true culture of preparedness at all levels of government, the public and private sector.”
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center seasonal outlook for 2018 states that the Atlantic could see an above-normal hurricane season, with as many as 10-16 named storms possible, with potentially up to four becoming major hurricanes.
Sub-tropical storm Alberto, the first named storm of the 2018 season, made landfall earlier this week in the Gulf, and is a reminder that disaster can strike any time. It is imperative that individuals and communities are prepared prior to a weather event.
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen, and FEMA Administrator Brock Long met earlier this week at the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida with federal, state, local, tribal, and private sector stakeholders to discuss the 2018 forecast and encourage individuals and communities to prepare now.
There are tools available to help plan and prepare for hurricanes:
- Know what to do before, during, and after a hurricane.
- Create an emergency communication plan with your family before a hurricane.
- Know your local community’s evacuation plan and evacuation routes, sign up to receive local alerts and warnings, and listen to the advice of local officials before, during, and after a storm.
- Check your insurance coverage, damages caused by flooding are not covered under normal homeowner’s insurance policies.
- Strengthen your financial preparedness by collecting and securing personal financial, insurance, medical, and other records.
- Have emergency supplies in place at home, at work, and in the car.
- Download the FEMA mobile app for disaster resources, weather alerts, and safety tips. The app (available in English and Spanish) provides a customizable checklist of emergency supplies, maps of open shelters and recovery centers, disaster survival tips, and weather alerts from the National Weather Service. The app also enables users to receive push notifications reminding them to take important steps to prepare their homes and families for disasters.
To learn more on how to prepare before, during, and after a hurricane, visit: www.ready.gov/hurricanes.
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