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National Hurricane Preparedness Week May 25 - 31

Be prepared and get a plan. Hurricane season begins June 1!

Each year, the National Weather Service, Emergency Management Professionals and local officials join together to recognize National Hurricane Preparedness Week.  This year Hurricane Preparedness Week is May 25 – May 31st, with the official start of the 2014 hurricane season beginning on June 1. Hurricane season lasts for six months, ending on November 30th.  FEMA, along with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), are helping to raise awareness of precautionary measures that can be taken to help minimize risk to citizens, their communities, and property.

Although more than 90 years have passed since the Tampa Bay area has been directly impacted by a major hurricane, it only takes one storm to threaten, cause damage and disrupt our lives. 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 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 you and your family 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 (PDF) or follow the links 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 2014 hurricane season, visit USF’s Emergency Management website at  Be prepared and be safe!

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