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Stay alert, Atlantic hurricane season is coming

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Marisol Gallagher
Marisol Gallagher
 18 days ago

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People who live along the Gulf Coast are advised to be prepared as the Atlantic hurricane season will start on June 1. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center predicts another above-normal hurricane season this year, although it does not anticipate the historic level of storm activity seen in 2020.

“It only takes one storm to devastate a community,” said Ben Friedman, acting NOAA administrator. “The forecasters at the National Hurricane Center are well-prepared with significant upgrades to our computer models, emerging observation techniques, and the expertise to deliver the life-saving forecasts that we all depend on during this, and every, hurricane season.”

Regardless, one can't be too careful. Here are some helpful tips to be ready:

Home safety

It is crucial that your hurricane plans include all of the household members, including your pets. Have a hurricane kit ready, learn the evacuation route, know a safe place or shelter, and communicate with friends and family.

General preparation

Keep small basic emergency supplies in the car or bag, including prescription medication, contact lenses (including the case and solution), a small flashlight, and a phone charger. The basic emergency supply kit should always include food and water to last several days. To be fully prepared, visit https://www.ready.gov/kit to know what you should put in your emergency kit.

Be aware of the weather

It is important to stay alert during hurricane season. Always be updated for the latest weather forecast and monitor the weather through the official sources such as National Hurricane Center and the National Weather Service. The hurricane season will run through November 30. Stay weather aware and begin preparing just in case a big storm is coming your way.