National Hurricane Preparedness Week

The 2010 hurricane season begins June 1.

May 23 – May 29 has been designated National Hurricane Preparedness Week in anticipation of the 2010 hurricane season that begins June 1. For now, forecasters predict a more active storm season compared to last year’s generally mild one, but being informed and prepared can help diminish the damaging effects of hurricanes.

For more information on personal preparedness, The Salvation Army recommends visiting www.greathurricaneblowout.org (sponsored by the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes) or www.hurricanesafety.org (sponsored by the National Hurricane Survival Initiative).  Plus, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has a fun page for kids with lots of hurricane background information so that they can be knowledgeable and prepared as well.

And you have probably seen in the news or even been served by The Salvation Army as we provide needed relief following hurricanes and other disasters. In fact, The Salvation Army’s  first major disaster response effort in the United States followed the devastating hurricane that destroyed Galveston, TX in 1900, so we have a long history of disaster relief! The Salvation Army continues to strengthen and enhance its own emergency readiness through training sessions for disaster volunteers, maintaining a fleet of emergency response vehicles, and stocking up on critical supplies, such as clean-up kits, in disaster warehouses.

For more information on disaster training and volunteer opportunities please visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY.  To stay up to date on Salvation Army disaster activities, follow us on Twitter @SalArmyEDS.