FEMA: Hurricane season approaches

storm-clouds-headerAs the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season approaches, FEMA Region III continues to proactively work with its state, local, and federal partners to increase preparedness, coordinate response and recovery capabilities, and empower individuals to take an active role in their community’s emergency management team.

The Atlantic hurricane season starts on June 1 and lasts until November 30; the greatest potential for storm activity is the months of August and September. A great time for the Whole Community to begin planning for hurricane season is Hurricane Preparedness Week designatedMay 24 – May 30, 2015.

Everyone should take time to ensure that their family, household, and workplace is properly prepared for a potential hurricane or tropical storm. Residents should also interact with their local emergency officials. By talking to local officials, citizens gain valuable insight, lend input, and develop relationships for planning and communications before a storm.

FEMA recommends that everyone have enough supplies to last for several days. Emergency supply kits should include essential items like bottled water, a battery-powered radio, flashlight, batteries, medicines, toiletries, non-perishable food items, manual can opener, and first aid supplies.

When planning, think about the potential needs of everyone in the household during an emergency. If your household includes pets, a person with a disability, an infant, or a senior citizen, be sure to take the necessary steps to assist and make them comfortable during an emergency, in addition to having any necessary documents or medications on hand.

For more preparedness information, visit FEMA.gov, Ready.gov, and NHC.NOAA.gov.

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