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.
Watch this video to learn more about preparing for a hurricane. Click to download the How to Prepare for a Hurricane Guide.
Governor Northam is urging all communities to be prepared for these potential storms. Visit the website www.KnowYourZoneVA.org
for important local resources. All Virginians, in every region of the Commonwealth, should be encouraged to talk to their insurance agent or to contact the National Flood Insurance Program (details below) about purchasing flood insurance. Purchasing a flood insurance policy is one important, proactive action Virginians can take to protect their financial investment and to assist with disaster recovery costs.
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