FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell visited the National Hurricane Center in Miami on Wednesday to meet with meteorologists ahead of the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season, which begins today (Thursday, June 1).
“Hurricanes today are developing faster and intensifying more rapidly than they have in the past,” said Criswell. “We have also seen major impacts from hurricanes in communities far from the coast. That’s why people should know their risk, determine how they will get information and make a plan today. The time to prepare is now.”
Criswell and National Hurricane Center Director Mike Brennan briefed media on preparedness actions to take before a storm threatens.
Last week, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released the 2023 Hurricane Season outlook, which forecasts up to 17 named storms, including up to nine hurricanes. One to four of these potential hurricanes are forecast to be “major hurricanes,” with winds of 111 mph or higher.
No matter what the hurricane season outlook says, it only takes one storm to bring widespread devastation.
Hurricanes affect more than coastal communities. These powerful storms can bring wind and flooding to areas far inland, so it’s important to know the risks where you live: rain, wind and flooding could happen far from the coast.
Start Preparing Now
The best way to help the community recover from a disaster is by taking steps now to prepare. Consider these actions to make sure you and your family are protected during the 2023 hurricane season:
Disasters are costly, but preparing for them doesn’t have to be. In fact, taking time to prepare now can help save thousands of dollars and give you peace of mind when the next disaster or emergency occurs. FEMA’s Ready Campaign recently published a low and no-cost preparedness webpage with tips to help preparedness for a variety of disasters and emergencies, including:
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