National Hurricane Preparedness Week

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Tropical Storm Beryl may have ruined a few holiday cookouts and beach trips this last weekend around Jacksonville, Florida, but thankfully, the damage was minimal.

The hurricane season in the Atlantic, Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico officially begins this Friday, June 1 and runs through November 30. Although tropical storms like Beryl and Alberto have arrived earlier than usual, the 2012 season is projected to be less active than in recent years due to an El Nino effect. Considering the heavy storms of 2011 which produced $18.7 billion in damage, we are hoping and praying for a quiet season.

Either way, the National Weather Service (NWS) will tell you to be prepared. Hurricanes can produce a plethora of hazards such as storm surges, tides, winds, heavy rainfall and rip currents.

Are you ready? Since it just happens to be National Hurricane Preparedness Week, now is the time to make a plan for your household and business in case disaster strikes. Click here for a storm fact sheet, as well as preparedness tips and to-do items before and after the storm. As always, the number one tip is to simply have a plan.

Here at The Salvation Army, our plan is to be ready to help. Before a storm even has the chance to make landfall, we’re mobilizing. Our canteens, capable of serving thousands of disaster survivors each day with food and beverages, are always ready to move to locations in need. We’re also there to provide physical, emotional, financial and spiritual support.

If you’d like to learn more about the Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) of The Salvation Army or simply get the latest updates of our services, visit our EDS website at: disaster.salvationarmyusa.org. Visit our national website at www.salvationarmyusa.org.

One Comment on “National Hurricane Preparedness Week

  1. The SA always does good work in our area. But there are steps everyone can take to prepare ahead of the storm too. I always recommend going to a site like http://www.hurricanecamping.com, downloading a list of storm supplies, then buying as many as you can afford even if it is only 1-2 each week. You can always look around your home for items and put them together in a separate space to begin preparing in case a storm comes. Knowing more than one route in/out of your neighboorhood, to a safe location, and nearby shelters should also be part of your basic plan.

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