NOW is the TIME to PREPARE
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“The U.S. was spared from a hurricane last year, but that does not mean we will be as fortunate during the 2014 season,” said Rick Knabb, Ph.D., director of NOAA’s National Hurricane Center. "Prepare for a hurricane now before one threatens your area, and find out if you are in a hurricane evacuation zone."
"FEMA is working across the administration and with our state and local partners to ensure we're prepared for hurricane season," said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate. "But we can only be as prepared as the public, so it's important that families and businesses in coastal communities take steps now to be ready. These include developing a communications plan, putting together a kit, and staying informed of the latest forecasts and local emergency plans. You can't control when a hurricane or other emergency may happen, but you can make sure you're ready."
Your family may not be together when a disaster strikes so it is important to plan in advance: how you will get to a safe place; how you will contact one another; how you will get back together; and what you will do in different situations. Read more about Family Communication during an emergency.
Disaster Prevention should include:
- Developing a Family Plan
- Creating a Disaster Supply Kit
- Having a Place to Go
- Securing your Home
- Having a Pet Plan
Be Red Cross Ready
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More on what to do before, during and after a hurricane can be found at: redcross.org/prepare/disaster/hurricane. An infographic on the survey findings can be viewed here.
Related Blog Posts & Links
- Hurricane Preparedness 2014 - Forecast Process
- 2014 Hurricane Preparedness - Flooding
- 2014 Hurricane Preparedness - High Winds
- Hurricane Preparedness 2014 - Storm Surge
- 2014 Hurricanes - How They Work
- 2014 Hurricane Preparedness Week
- NOAA 2014 Hurricane Season Predictions
- 2014 CSU Atlantic Hurricane Prediction
- 5 Chances to See Hurricane Hunter Aircraft
- Colorado State University
- Climate Prediction Center (CPC)
- NOAA/ National Weather Service
- WMO Severe Weather Info Centre
- National Hurricane Center (NHC)
- NWS Regional Offices and Centers
- Hurricane Preparedness
- Travel With Protection Against Unexpected
More links and information about tropical storms and other weather conditions can be found in the Weather & Hurricane Zone tabs above.
Hurricane Preparedness Week: May 25 - May 31, 2014