U.S. hurricane season runs from June to November and NOAA is kicking off the season with a public awareness campaign around National Hurricane Preparedness Week from May 27th through June 2nd.
Hurricanes can be extremely dangerous. A large hurricane can release the energy of 10 atomic bombs every single second.
The 2011 hurricane season was among the United States' costliest and deadliest. "Hurricane Irene killed 45 people and caused at least $7 billion in damage, the National Climatic Data Center reports, making Irene the USA's most lethal and financially damaging hurricane since Ike in 2008. Torrential rains from Irene led to catastrophic flooding in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast," reported USAToday.
Severe Weather Affects Everyone
Every U.S. state experiences dangerous severe weather from hurricanes to tornados or floods. Despite improving advance warning systems, people die. In 2011, there were more than 1,000 weather-related fatalities and more than 8,000 injuries.
Participate in the Force of Nature Campaign for Hurricane Week
To protect people and property during the 2012 hurricane season, NOAA is asking citizens to take the following steps this week:
- Know your risk: The first step in protecting yourself and family is to understand how hurricanes and tropical storms can affect where you live and work, and how the weather could impact you and your community. Check the weather forecast regularly and sign up for local alerts from emergency management officials and consider purchasing a special NOAA Weather Radio.
- Take action: Pledge to develop an emergency plan and put together your hurricane preparedness kit. Practice how and where you will evacuate if instructed by your emergency management officials. Post your plan in your home where visitors can see it. Download FEMA's mobile app so you can access important safety tips on what to do before, during and after a hurricane.
- Be an example: Once you have taken action and pledged, share your story with your family and friends. Create a YouTube video, post your story on Facebook, comment on a blog, or send a tweet. Or you can even post a NOAA disaster preparedness widget on your social media profiles.
Make Berkey Filtration and Wise Food Storage Part of Your Hurricane Preparedness Kit
|FEMA recommends each person's hurricane preparedness kit contain
the following supplies:
|Berkey and Wise Food products that make preparing your kit easy: Water. Your Berkey Water Filter provides an unlimited supply of drinkable water from almost any source.
More Safety Tips from NOAA's National Hurricane Center