Hurricane Season: Outlook and Preparedness

Avanna Lilly

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Noaa is predicting another overly active hurricane season this year. With 13 to 20 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher) being forecasted. 6 to 10 of those storms will become hurricanes, with winds of 74 mph or higher. They are predicting 3 to 5 of those will be major hurricanes at category 3, 4, or 5; with winds of 111 mph or higher). These ranges are given by NOAA with a 70 percent confidence level. The hurricane season in the Atlantic runs from June 1 to November 30.

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Hurricane Prediction 2021NOAA Website

The peak threat for the Texas gulf coast is from August through September. However, hurricanes can and have struck the Texas coast during every month of the hurricane season. Tropical storms are also an issue of contention as they can cause major flooding and widespread power outage in a large portion of the state. According to the Weather Prediction Center, a tropical storm makes landfall along the Texas coastline at least three times every four years.

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We are only 5 weeks into hurricane season and there have already been 5 named storms. So what does that mean for those of us near the Texas coastline? Essentially now is the time to prepare.

Hurricane Preparation

The government recommends that everyone who lives along the coastline have an emergency supply prepared for hurricane season. To assemble a kit store items in airtight plastic bags and put your entire disaster supplies kit in one or two easy-to-carry containers such as plastic bins or a duffel bag. Keep in mind you need at least a 3-day food and water supply for every person and pet in your home.

A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:

  • Water (one gallon per person per day for several days, for drinking and sanitation)
  • Food (at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food)
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Extra batteries
  • Whistle (to signal for help)
  • Dust mask (to help filter contaminated air)
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape (to shelter in place)
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags, and plastic ties (for personal sanitation)
  • Wrench or pliers (to turn off utilities)
  • Manual can opener (for food)
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery

You can add more to your kit if you want to expand it. Consider adding the following items to your emergency supply kit based on your individual needs:

  • Masks (for everyone ages 2 and above), soap, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes to disinfect surfaces
  • Prescription medications
  • Non-prescription medications such as pain relievers, anti-diarrhea medication, antacids, or laxatives
  • Prescription eyeglasses and contact lens solution
  • Infant formula, bottles, diapers, wipes, and diaper rash cream
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet
  • Cash or traveler's checks
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification, and bank account records saved electronically or in a waterproof, portable container
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
  • Complete change of clothing appropriate for your climate and sturdy shoes
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels, and plastic utensils
  • Paper and pencil
  • Books, games, puzzles, or other activities for children

Keep your kit in a cool dry place that's easily accessible in case of an emergency. Make sure the whole family knows where the supplies are kept. For more information on emergency supplies or how to better prepare for disaster situations check out the links below.

https://www.ready.gov/sites/default/files/2021-04/family-emergency-communication-plan.pdf

https://www.ready.gov/kit

https://www.ready.gov/plan

https://www.lsuagcenter.com/profiles/rbogren/articles/page1591132674323

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