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The Atlantic hurricane season begins each year on June 1 and ends on November 30.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, more than 35 million people live in areas that can be affected by hurricanes.
The strong winds, heavy rains and flooding that go along with hurricanes can cause serious damage to property and endanger lives. Being informed about what to do before, during and after a hurricane can help you and your family stay safe and prevent property damage.
Before and during the storm
In case of an evacuation
Hurricane season started this month, and it is important to be ready for the worst if you live in an area that can be affected by hurricanes. NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center is predicting six to ten hurricanes this season and half of them are predicted to be a Category 3 or above. Make sure you and your family are ready with these tips from FEMA:
Create an Emergency Kit:
Look around your house ahead of time to know what things should be in an emergency kit such as a flashlight, first aid kit and water and food for up to three days. Get a full list of recommended items at www.ready.gov.
Discuss a Communication Plan:
When a hurricane strikes, you may not be with your family. Having a plan ahead of time will allow for less panic during a storm. Decide on a way of communication, where you will meet and make sure everyone knows what to do in case of an emergency.
The National Hurricane Center can help you track storms online or on your mobile device. Stay alert to know what is coming your way.
Be prepared for hurricane season with more tips from Ready.gov.