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Most Active Period of Hurricane Season Nears – Prepare Now

National Preparedness Month
It’s important to remember that hurricanes can also do damage hundreds of miles inland.

The Atlantic hurricane season typically heats up in mid-August—as we can see from the formation of Tropical Storm Erin and a disturbance in the Caribbean.

Although often thought of as a coastal problem, it’s important to remember that hurricanes can also do damage hundreds of miles inland. The American Red Cross has plenty of information and tips to help everyone get ready before any more storms spring to life.

Get a Kit, Make a Plan, Be Informed

Do you have all the supplies you would need during a hurricane or other emergency? Some of the most important items include:

  • Water—one gallon per person, per day (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
  • Food—non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
  • Flashlight
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio
  • Extra batteries
  • Medications (7-day supply) and medical items
  • See the full list of recommended disaster supplies—many of which you may already have in your home.

    Sit down with your family and plan what to do if you have to evacuate. Talk about where you would go and what route you would take to get there (also plot alternate routes on your map in case roads are impassable). You may choose to go to a hotel/motel, stay with friends or relatives in a safe location or go to an evacuation shelter if necessary.

    And remember—plan ahead for your pets. Keep a phone list of pet-friendly hotels/motels and animal shelters that are along your evacuation routes.

    FREE HURRICANE APP Download the Red Cross Hurricane App, which 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 you use social media outlets to tell family and friends you’re okay. If you plan to travel to a hurricane-prone area, you 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.

    Get more information on preparing for hurricanes by visiting

    About the American Red Cross:
    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.