June 1 officially marked the beginning of the Atlantic hurricane season, and according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s 2022 outlook it will be another active season.
FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell stressed the importance of taking preparedness measures early while at the National Hurricane Center in Miami earlier this week.
“While it is FEMA’s goal to lead the nation, to set the example for the level readiness and preparedness we need to see for this hurricane season — we can’t do this without you. Please don’t wait — act now. Visit Ready.gov to make your emergency plan today,” said Administrator Criswell.
Criswell emphasized that now is the time to prepare your home and your family, because it only takes one storm to devastate a community. Hurricanes are not just a coastal problem and can affect inland communities.
Consider these actions to start your preparedness today:
- Visit Ready.gov to learn about how to prepare for disasters that might happen where you live, work or visit. You’ll get information for individuals, individuals with disabilities, families, kids, pets and businesses on how to prepare for or what to do in case of a severe storm this hurricane season.
- Build an emergency kit. If you live in Hawai’i, Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands, consider having supplies to last at least 10 days.
- You can also download the free FEMA App to receive weather alerts and warnings for up to five different locations in the United States.
- Visit Ready.gov/hurricanes for the latest information on being prepared for this hurricane season.
- FEMA recently updated the agency’s text to shelter feature. In the event of an evacuation, you can text 43362 to research emergency shelters in your location.
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