Disaster Mitigation

Preparing Your Hurricane Emergency Kit

Above Active Storm Season In Full Swing

This years storm season is expected to be one of the busiest in the past decade. While it’s still too early to tell what, if any, impacts the storms may have on Florida or the eastern seaboard, the uptick in activity serves as a reminder that the peak of the season has arrived.

Forecasters call the period between mid-August and mid-October the “season within the season.” This eight-week period “is often the most active and dangerous time for tropical cyclone activity,” according to NOAA.

The peak period is historically responsible for major spikes in tropical weather activity, NOAA said. In fact, it accounts for roughly 78 percent of all tropical storm days on record. It is also the period when 87 percent of the category 1 and 2 hurricane days on record occurred. In addition, this period is responsible for “a whopping 96 percent of the major (category 3, 4 and 5) hurricane days.”

The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30 each year. Average seasons produce about 12 named storms, of which six become hurricanes. Three of the hurricanes are generally deemed major.

Residents readying for the ongoing season can get tips and advice on the federal government’s Ready.gov website.

Here Are The Top 10 Items You Need In Your Hurricane Emergency Kit

  • 1 Gallon Of Water Per Person Per Day (3 Day Supply)
  • Non Perishable Food & Can Opener (3 Day Supply)
  • Battery Operated AM/FM Radio (NOAA-Certified Recommended)
  • Flashlights & Extra Batteries
  • First Aid Kit & Blankets
  • Matches
  • Full Tank Of Gas & Refill
  • Medications
  • Important Documents
  • Toilet Paper

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