Hurricane Preparedness Week May 22-28
As the start of the 2011 hurricane season moves closer, early uncharacteristic weather conditions have led many forecasters to predict that the 2011 hurricane season (1 June-30 November) will be quite active. Weather experts suggest that as many as 17 named storms may form within the Atlantic hurricane basin this year. Nine of these storms are likely to strengthen into hurricanes; five attaining major hurricane strength (Category 3, 4 or 5.)
Each year, the National Weather Service, Emergency Management Professionals and local officials, join together to recognize Hurricane Preparedness Week. This year Hurricane Preparedness Week is May 22–28, 2011. FEMA, along with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, are helping to raise awareness of precautionary measures that can be taken to help minimize risk to citizens, their communities, and property. To promote Hurricane Preparedness Week in your area, download a copy of the 2011 Hurricane Preparedness Week poster here.
History teaches that a lack of hurricane awareness and preparation are common threads among all major hurricane disasters. By knowing your vulnerability and what actions you should take, you can reduce the effects of a hurricane disaster. Hurricane preparedness planning also involves preparing for other hazards that these storms are capable of producing, including storm surge, high winds, tornadoes, and flooding. It is important that your hurricane preparedness plan address all of these hazards.
Your individual preparedness actions greatly contribute to USF's ability to prepare, respond to and recover from any storm, regardless of its intensity.
To learn more about how you can prepare and minimize your risk during the 2011 hurricane season, reference USF's 2011 Hurricane Planning Guide at www.usf.edu/publicsafety, or contact the USF Emergency Manager at 813-974-1310.
Be prepared, be ready, and be safe!