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.