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Are You Prepared?

Prepared for Hurricanes
The Atlantic Hurricane Season runs June 1 through November 30.

During National Hurricane Preparedness Week, the American Red Cross encourages families and communities to prepare today for the hurricane storm season ahead. The Atlantic Hurricane Season runs June 1 through November 30.

NOAA Hurricane Outlook for 2015

On May 27, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicted a below-normal 2015 Atlantic hurricane season with 6 to 11 named storms. From those projected storms, 3 to 6 could become hurricanes, with 0 to 2 of those possibly becoming a Category 3 or higher hurricane.

Remember to put these projections from our partners in NOAA in context. It takes just one hurricane to devastate a community. In addition, caution cannot be limited to coastal states. The effects of Hurricane Sandy were felt as far as Ohio and West Virginia. Hurricanes can be just as destructive for inland communities.

The Red Cross urges people to take the time this week to make a plan, build a kit and download the Emergency App. These steps will make a difference when every minute matters as a storm approaches.

Download Red Cross Emergency App

To ensure you have lifesaving information at your fingertips, download the new American Red Cross Emergency App to have instant access to expert advice on what to do before, during, and after hurricanes and other disasters such as floods or tornadoes. This app gives instant access to 35 customizable weather alerts, safety tips and preparedness information for 14 different emergencies; all in one free and easy to use app.

Red Cross apps can be found in your app store by searching for American Red Cross.

Hurricane Preparedness Begins at Home

For many people, hurricane preparedness is not at the top of their to-do list. Most families have to juggle multiple, competing priorities. But the Red Cross wants you to remember why preparedness matters – it saves lives.

Hurricanes are life-threatening storms. They can bring heavy rains that cause major flooding, destructive winds that down power lines, uproot trees and damage homes, and storm surges that travel several miles inland destroying everything in its path.

Preparation is the best protection against the dangers of a hurricane. Now is the time for families and individuals to build an emergency kit and create an evacuation plan for their household.

As hurricane season approaches, it is also important to know the difference between the threat levels.

  • A Hurricane Watch is when conditions are a threat within 48 hours. It’s then time to review your hurricane plans. Get ready to act if a warning is issued, and stay informed.
  • A Hurricane Warning is when conditions are expected within 36 hours. It’s then time to complete your storm preparations and leave the area if directed to do so by authorities.
  • Read more tips on how to prepare for a hurricane