It’s Hurricane Preparedness Week

HOLT, Fla., May 2, 2022—Hurricane Preparedness Week kicked off Sunday, one month from the official start of the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season.

Led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the goal of the seven-day event is to inform the public about hazards posed by tropical storm systems and how to best prepare to protect life and property.

Each day, the National Weather Service has a different topic about tropical weather hazards illustrated with educational materials, infographics and resources to help people better prepare for hurricanes and tropical storms, found here.

All hurricane forecasters have predicted another above average season this year.

Although the official start of the hurricane season is June 1, for the past 18 years, there have been 15 named storms that developed before the season officially began. There were 12 named storms that formed in May just this century alone. In 2020 and 2012, there were two.

Last season was the seventh consecutive year with a named storm before the official June 1 start.

The 2021 season went on to have 21 named storms with eight storms making landfall, seven strengthening to hurricanes, with four developing into major hurricanes (category 3 or higher).

Whether it forms this month or after June 1, this year’s first named storm this year will be called Alex.

Preparedness Topics for the week

  • Sunday: Determine your risk
  • Monday: Develop an evacuation plan
  • Tuesday: Assemble disaster supplies
  • Wednesday: Get an insurance checkup
  • Thursday: Strengthen your home
  • Friday: Help your neighbor
  • Saturday: Complete a written plan

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