The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is now calling for a below-normal hurricane season in the Atlantic Ocean. Its updated 2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook calls for six to ten named storms with as many as four becoming hurricanes and only a single major hurricane.
The American Red Cross reminds everyone hurricane season runs until November 30 and it only takes one hurricane to cause devastation. The Red Cross urges everyone to remain prepared should their community be in the path of one of these storms.
People should check their disaster supplies and replace or restock as needed. Emergency preparedness kits should include enough supplies for at least three days in case someone has to evacuate. Water (one gallon, per person, per day), nonperishable food, a flashlight, battery-powered or hand-crank radio, extra batteries, a first aid kit, a 7-day supply of medications, a multi-purpose tool, sanitation and personal hygiene items and copies of important personal documents should go in every kit. The Red Cross also recommends having at least two weeks worth of supplies at home.
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