There is a chance of 12 to 17 named storms this year, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predictions for the 2023 Atlantic hurricane season which officially runs from June 1 to November 30.
Five to nine storms could become hurricanes and we may see as many as four major hurricanes this year. The upcoming Atlantic hurricane season is expected to be less active than recent years, partly due to the possibility of an El Nino developing which can lessen Atlantic hurricane activity.
Hurricanes are becoming more intense and more destructive as these storms bring increased rainfall and higher storm surges due to the worsening climate crisis. Of the 10 most costly weather disasters in U.S. history, eight are hurricanes.
These powerful storms not only cause problems for people in coastal areas but can also cause damage hundreds of miles inland. The American Red Cross is preparing to respond if necessary and urges everyone to get ready too.
Decide how to best protect your home from high winds and flooding. Plan how you will evacuate and how you will shelter safely at home. Take three important steps ─ get a kit, make a plan and be informed. Learn more here.
Some people may need extra attention during an emergency. For them, planning ahead is crucial. And don’t forget your pets ─ they depend on you for their safety.
The Red Cross encourages people to develop emergency preparedness plans for themselves and their pets. When possible, Red Cross shelter workers will do all they can to accommodate domesticated pets comfortably, however, depending on the situation, pets may need to be housed in a different location. Service animals that assist people with disabilities are allowed in Red Cross shelters.
Create a pet emergency plan:
Create a pet emergency kit ─ place the following items in a sturdy, easy-to-carry container:
MORE GOOD STEPS TO TAKE
Download the free Red Cross First Aid app so you’ll know what to do if emergency help is delayed and the free Emergency app for weather alerts, open Red Cross shelter locations and safety steps for different emergencies. Choose whether you want to view the content in English or Spanish with an easy-to-find language selector. Pet owners can download the Red Cross Pet First Aid app for more information on how to include pets in emergency preparedness plans and step-by-step instructions for first aid emergencies and more. Find these and all of the Red Cross apps in smartphone app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps.
Put a first aid kit together. Find out what you should include here.
Print out the Red Cross preparedness checklist, available in several different languages.
Take a class so you know what to do during an emergency. A variety of online, in-person and blended courses are available, including our new Until Help Arrives online course. Pet owners can take the Red Cross Cat and Dog First Aid online course so you’ll know what to do in an emergency until veterinary care is available. People can access the course on their desktop or tablet at redcross.org/catdogfirstaid.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides comfort to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, military members and their families. The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to deliver its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
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Take a class and be ready to respond if an emergency strikes.