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Preparedness Spotlight: The Return of Hurricane Season
Hurricane season is back, and it’s time to prepare.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), this hurricane season is expected to be “near- or above-normal”—though not as bad as last year’s hurricane season. NOAA’s forecasters predict a 70 percent likelihood of 10 to 16 named storms, of which five to nine could become hurricanes this season. This is compared with the 2017 season, which produced 17 named storms, including 10 hurricanes—six of which became major hurricanes of Category 3 or above.
“It was the hurricane season that never seemed to end,” says Christina Catlett, emergency medicine physician and director of the Johns Hopkins Go Team, a multidisciplinary response team organized by CEPAR. “Following the deployment of the Johns Hopkins Go Team after hurricanes Irma and Maria, our team witnessed firsthand the devastation and subsequent recovery efforts in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Many areas are still rebuilding months later.”
How to Prepare
Hurricanes can produce extremely powerful winds, torrential rain, high waves and damaging storm surges, and can spawn tornadoes. With the peak of the hurricane season typically between August and October, CEPAR recommends taking this time to prepare. “Preparation is key to decreasing damage and bad outcomes that are often associated with these massive storms,” Catlett says.
Here are a few tips to prepare for a hurricane:
Other tips are available on CEPAR’s hurricane preparedness checklist. Hurricane season runs through Nov. 30.