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Welcome to Hurricane Season 2016 – What You Can Expect

1 Jun 2016, 10:32 am

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Today marks the first day of the Atlantic hurricane season, which will run until November 30. Long-term averages for the number of named storms, hurricanes, and major hurricanes are 12, 6, and 3, respectively.

The list of names for 2016 is as follows:

Two tropical cyclones have already formed this year, Hurricane Alex in January and Tropical Storm Bonnie in May. The next named storm that forms this season will be named Colin.

Tropical cyclone formation is not expected during the next 5 days.

If you do not already have one, you need to prepare your emergency kit now.

You also need to plan ahead. Think about what you would do if a hurricane or another disaster struck near you. And think about what you would need to carry out that plan.

Some items to consider for your emergency kit are, but not limited to:

  • Water and non-perishable food, enough to support each member of the family for up to 72 hours/3 days.
  • Battery operated radio and batteries so you can get important information from local officials, especially if there is a call for voluntary or mandatory evacuations. You will also want to know where they may be shelters.
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlight
  • Maps
  • Cash or traveler’s check and change
  • Important documents such as proof residence, pictures of your family including pets, insurance policies, bank account records, identification records and tax records in a waterproof, portable container.
  • Comfortable clothing for each family member with at least one change of clothes
  • Blankets and/or sleeping bags for each family member
  • Unique family needs such as prescription medications, extra glasses, pet supplies, infant supplies or any other unique need your family may have.
  • President Obama said Tuesday the government is prepared for the hurricane season that and the American people should be ready as well.

    “All of us have seen the heartbreak, the damage and, in some case, the loss of life that hurricanes can cause. And as climate continues to change, hurricanes are only going to become more powerful and more devastating. Now, states play the primary role in preparing for and responding to disasters. But our team here works around the clock to make sure that those states and the people living in those states have everything that they need to get the job done.”

    “If your local authorities say that you need to start evacuating, you need to start evacuating and get it done,” Obama told reporters after receiving his annual hurricane preparation briefing at the headquarters of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

    “Government plays a vital role, but it is every citizen’s responsibility to be prepared for a disaster,” Obama said.

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