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Hurricane Season is Coming- Are You Ready

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Posted by: Matt Boster
Date: May 27 2014 11:03 AM

HOOVER, Ala., May 27, 2014 — The American Red Cross urges Alabama residents and communities across the country to ready today for the hurricane storm season ahead that begins on June 1.

The Red Cross marked National Hurricane Preparedness Week, which runs from May 25 through May 31, with reminders of safety steps that people can take before tropical storms or hurricanes threaten. The Atlantic and Caribbean Hurricane season begins June 1 and runs through November 30.

“Preparedness is critical when it comes to life-threatening disasters such as hurricanes,” said Chris Osborne, Communications Officer, American Red Cross Alabama Region. “It’s important that families and individuals make time to build an emergency kit, create an evacuation plan, and download the Red Cross Hurricane App to help make it through the next storm safely.

A 2013 survey by the American Red Cross and The Weather Channel found that few Americans living in coastal counties have taken necessary action to prepare for severe tropical storms and hurricanes. Only about half of those surveyed have an evacuation plan or a plan for communicating with family members if they are separated. Nearly a third of people did not have an emergency kit with supplies.

Even communities far inland from the coast can experience hurricanes depending on the course of the storm, often with the threat of powerful winds and widespread flooding. In addition, strong rip currents even at large distances from the storm can threaten those at the beach many miles away.

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