Are You Ready for a Hurricane?
NOAA Photo: Trajectory of hurricanes over the past 150 years
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WHAT TO EXPECT THIS YEAR: PREDICTIONS FOR 2018 HURRICANE SEASON
NOAA Photo: Map of hurricanes strikes on the United States coast from 1950-2017
Colorado State University’s Extended Range Forecast of Atlantic Seasonal Hurricane Activity and Landfall Strike Probability For 2018 predicts a slightly above average amount of activity for the 2018 hurricane season and no anticipated El Nino event.
Colorado State’s Forecast
- 14 Named Storms (average 12)
- 7 Hurricanes (average 6.5)
- 3 Major Hurricanes (average 2)
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecast
- including 10-16 named storms
- 5-9 hurricanes
- 1-4 major hurricanes (wind speed at least 111 mph)
GETTING PREPARED FOR HURRICANE SEASON: MAKE AN EMERGENCY KIT
- Water (one gallon a day for each person for two weeks)
- Non-perishable food
- Medications and medical records
- First aid kit
- Medical supplies and batteries
- Important documents
- Cellphone chargers
- Multi-purpose tool
- Personal hygiene necessities
- Cash (ATMs and credit card machines may not function immediately after a storm)
- Sentimental or special items for infants, elderly or disabled family members
- Sleeping bags and blankets
- Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowls
- Battery powered radio
- Whistle (to signal for help if needed)
- Dust masks, plastic sheets and duct tape (to filter contaminated air and build shelter)
- Manual can opener
- Extra clothing and rain gear
Hurricane kit resource links:
Ever wondered how tropical storms are named?
- The World Meteorological Organization assigns names to tropical storms that reach a sustained wind speed of 39 miles per hour. To be called a hurricane, sustained wind speeds must be 74 miles per hour or higher.
- The first tropical storm that attains a sustained wind speed of at least 39 miles per hour in any calendar year is given the storm name beginning with an “A” from that year’s list. Subsequent storms will have the B name, C name, and so on in alphabetical order.
- There are six lists of storm names which recycle every six years. However, the names of storms that are particularly deadly or disastrous are permanently retired from use, such as Allison, Alicia, Harvey and Katrina.
KNOW WHAT’S COMING: RED CROSS OFFERS TIPS TO STAY INFORMED
- Listen to local area media or NOAA radio for the latest information and updates.
- Be prepared to evacuate quickly by knowing your routes, destinations, and local emergency shelters.
- Check and replenish your emergency kit, paying special attention to medications and other medical supplies. Keep the kit nearby.
CONTACTS IN AN EMERGENCY: SAVE THESE IMPORTANT NUMBERS & WEBSITES IN YOUR CELLPHONE/TABLET/LAPTOP
- American Red Cross: 1-800-733-2767, redcross.org
- Centerpoint Energy: 713-659-2111, 1-800-752-8036 (24-hour reporting), centerpointenergy.com
- Harris County Flood Control District: 713-684-4000, hcfcd.org
- Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management: 713-881-3100, hcoem.org
- Houston TranStar: 713-881-3000, houstontranstar.org
- FEMA: 1-800-621-3362, fema.gov
Pro Tip: Don’t forget to write down these numbers and the phone numbers of friends and family in case your cell phone stops working. Keep that list in your hurricane kit.
WANT MORE INFORMATION? HERE ARE USEFUL LINKS
2019 ATLANTIC HURRICANE SEASON STORM NAMES