Residents of coastal areas will be relieved to hear that top forecasters from Colorado State University predict another quiet hurricane season in 2014, suggesting that nine tropical storms will form, but only 3 will become hurricanes. The first named storms of the Atlantic hurricane season will be Arthur, Bertha, Cristobal, Dolly and Edouard.
Colorado State’s team predicts a 35% chance of a major hurricane making landfall on U.S. Coast. In the East Coast, including Florida, the chance is only 20%, and only 19% for the Gulf Coast.
But don’t put away your hurricane emergency stockpile just yet! This year’s forecast follows two consecutive years of unsuccessful predictions. Last year, only two of the nine predicted hurricanes ended up forming, and in 2012, the number of hurricanes doubled how many were predicted.
Hurricane Preparedness Plan and Hurricane Preparedness Checklist
Some basic questions you need to ask yourself as you begin to prepare for a hurricane are:
- Do I live in a vulnerable spot on this storm surge interactive risk map?
- Do I have back ups of all medications I need?
- Do I have people with disabilities and other access and functional needs who may need special assistance in an evacuation?
- Do I have pets (they need to evacuate too)?
- Are all of my important documents in a safe, dry place?
- Do I know how to safely transport personal oxygen tanks? Strange question, but during Rita evacuations in Texas, a bus carrying elderly victims burned, killing 24. Needless to say, this became an important issue in the preparedness discourse.
If you plan on taking the “hunker down” approach to hurricane preparedness, you’ll need enough food, water and supplies to last you and your family at bare minimum, for 72 hours. Let me repeat, this is a minimum amount of supplies. I’d plan for longer. After Hurricane Ike, there were some parts of the Houston area that were without power for up to three weeks (more in some places). Watch this video for a look at what you’ll need.
- Build a kit: get all of your survival gear together.
- Make a plan: know where to go and when to go.
- Be informed: know you’re risk and follow developments.
- Get involved: be active in your and your community’s disaster preparedness
Ensure that you and your family are prepared, and avoid making one of our 5 deadliest hurricane mistakes. Get all of the hurricane information you can to ensure that you will be staying safe during a hurricane. For more up to date information on hurricane preparedness, visit our Hurricane Faq page, and learn about other hurricane dangers in Hurricane Spawned Tornadoes.
Also, be sure to check Fema’s community and state information site for local updates and alerts.
For more information visit the National Hurricane Center’s website