Hurricane Season 2012: Be Prepared

Hurricane season in the Atlantic begins June 1st and ends November 30th. The Eastern Pacific hurricane season begins May 15th and also ends November 30th. For the entire six-month season, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center says there’s a 70 percent chance of nine to 15 named storms (with top winds of 39 mph or higher), of which four to eight will strengthen to a hurricane (with top winds of 74 mph or higher) and of those one to three will become major hurricanes (with top winds of 111 mph or higher, ranking Category 3, 4 or 5). Based on the period 1981-2010, an average season produces 12 named storms with six hurricanes, including three major hurricanes.

Be prepared.

•Familiarize yourself with the disasters or emergencies that could happen where you live, work or frequently visit,
•Decide and practice how your family would communicate after an emergency, and
•Build an emergency supply kit to sustain your family for at least 72 hours.

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