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It’s Officially Hurricane Season - Are You Prepared?

Hurricane App
Three to six major hurricanes predicted this hurricane season by NOAA.

The 2013 Atlantic hurricane season has officially arrived. Are you prepared? The American Red Cross can help families and individual get ready before the storm arrives.

Just a few days into the season and hurricane forecasters are keeping a close eye on a low pressure system in the Gulf of Mexico. While there is only a 20 percent chance of it developing, according to the National Hurricane Center, residents in Florida can expect to see rain showers and storms in the week ahead.

NOAA 2013 PREDICTION The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) hurricane outlook predicts an above-normal Atlantic hurricane season this year with:

  • 13 to 20 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher)
  • Seven to 11 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher)
  • Three to six could become major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5 with winds of 111mph or higher)
  • DOWNLOAD THE APP Download the free Red Cross Hurricane App that puts real time information on hurricane safety at your fingertips.

    The app features information on Red Cross shelters and a toolkit with a flashlight, strobe light and alarm. The one-touch “I’m Safe” button lets someone use social media outlets to tell family and friends they are okay. People across the country planning to travel to areas that could get hit with the storm can use the app to receive weather alerts.

    The Hurricane App can be found in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross. Learn more about Red Cross mobile apps.

    WATCH vs. WARNING Preparation is the best protection against the dangers of a hurricane. Know the difference between the threat levels and plan accordingly. It is important to know the difference between a hurricane watch and a hurricane warning.

  • A Hurricane Watch is where hurricane conditions are a threat within 48 hours. People under a watch should review hurricane plans, get ready to act if a warning is issued, and stay informed.
  • A Hurricane Warning is where hurricane conditions are expected within 36 hours. People under a warning should complete storm preparations and leave the area if directed to do so by authorities.
  • HURRICANE FAST FACTS Take a minute to review information about hurricanes.

  • Hurricanes are strong storms that threaten life and property with their resulting hazards such as flooding, storm surge, high winds and tornadoes.
  • On average, five hurricanes strike the United States coastline every three years. Of these five, two are major hurricanes, category 3 or higher on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane scale.
  • Often the worst hurricane damage is caused by a storm surge which is like a giant wall of water pushed onshore by hurricane winds.
  • When a hurricane is especially devastating, its name is permanently retired and another name replaces it.
  • Hurricanes can cause problems for people in coastal areas, but can also cause damage hundreds of miles inland.
  • Learn more about Hurricane Preparedness.

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    The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.