U.S. forecasters have said that 2018 Atlantic hurricane season will be near-normal to above-normal in number and intensity of storms, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA). They estimate that between one and four major hurricanes packing winds of 111 miles per hour could develop during the 2018 season (June 1-November 30). NOAA also forecasts that about half of the 10 to 16 named storms will be hurricane strength with winds of at least 74 mph.
Ready.gov has released its annual digital toolkit containing social media posts and links to graphics and videos hurricane preparedness and improve clear actionable information for individual and community preparedness. This is a fantastic resource which includes everything from templates for letters to employees to press releases and blog posts. The resource also includes key messages; social media tools and sample messages; and resource links, including infographics, videos, and other materials. Check it out now at https://www.ready.gov/hurricane-toolkit.
FEMA highly recommends families and individuals have a preparedness plan in place. Planning starts with these three steps:
- Collect – Create a paper copy of the contact information for your family. Collect the contact information of other important people and places, such as doctors, insurance companies, or schools.
- Share – Make sure everyone carries a copy. If you complete your plan online at ready.gov/make-a-plan, you can print it as a wallet-sized card. Also, post a copy in a central location in your home, such as your refrigerator or family bulletin board.
- Practice – Bring your family together to review and practice your plan every few months.
gfor coastal Virginia communities: Know Your Evacuation Zone and Route
- Hurricane Evacuation Guide is located on the www.KnowYourZoneVA.org pag
- Emergency Kit and Emergency Communication Plan Guide
- Hurricane Preparedness Guide for all Virginians and regions of the Commonwealth
- Flood Preparedness Guide
- What is a State of Emergency