Stay Prepared – It’s Still Hurricane Season

Although this year’s hurricane season has been relatively quiet compared to the number of storms forecasted for the six-month period which began June 1 and ends November 30, it’s important that everyone stay prepared! At this time of the year, tropical storms have been known to develop quickly in the Gulf of Mexico and in the Caribbean, making it even more important for you to have supplies and a plan in place. 

Hurricane hazards come in many forms, including storm surge, heavy rainfall, inland flooding, high winds, tornadoes, and rip currents. It is important that your hurricane preparedness plan addresses all of these hazards. The National Weather Service is responsible for protecting life and property through issuance of timely watches and warnings, but it is essential that everyone be ready before a storm approaches. Your individual preparedness actions greatly contribute to USF’s ability to prepare, respond to and recover from any storm, regardless of its intensity.

Download the Tropical Cyclone Preparedness Guide or follow the links above for more information. But remember, this is only a guide. The first and most important thing anyone should do when facing a hurricane threat is to use common sense. 

To learn more about how you can prepare and minimize your risk during the 2013 hurricane season, visit USF’s Emergency Management website. Be prepared and be safe!

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