The 2021 hurricane season began June 1 and will carry on for about 6 months until the end of November. Experts are expecting this year’s hurricane season to be quite active, following an active 2020 season too. Here is what you need to know about the 2021 hurricane season, as well as some tips on how to prepare for it.
What to Expect
Experts with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, are predicting 13-20 named storms and 6-10 hurricanes and 3-5 major hurricanes this season. If things go as predicted, this will be the sixth consecutive season of above-average hurricane activity. Some of the contributing factors to these predictions are above average sea surface temperatures in the Atlantic Ocean and Carribbean Sea, west African monsoons and weak tropical Atlantic trade winds.
How to Prepare
If you live in a coastal town or an area prone to inland flooding, now is the time to prepare. You don’t want to wait until the last minute and scramble to get ready under pressure of an incoming storm. Plan your evacuation route in case one is called in your area. Also, make sure you have enough supplies to last you through the storm and for a period of time after. Stock up on things like non-perishable foods, water, medical supplies, cash, battery powered flashlights or lanterns, and an alternative powered portable charger for your phone. A good rule of thumb is to be prepared for at least 3 days.
Additionally, you can sign up for the FEMA app for notifications, alerts and preparedness information before and during storms. You also want to consider purchasing flood insurance if you live in an area prone to flooding. Likewise, you will want to check on your car and boat coverage too. As those are also at risk during a hurricane.
If you are choosing to brave the storm and stay at home, make sure your home repairs are up-to-date and you properly bolster your home to withstand the wind and rain.
You can check out this WilmingtonBiz Talk with some of the area’s top emergency officials for more details on how to prepare for the 2021 hurricane season. Make sure you encourage your friends and family to be prepared as well. Let us know if you have any questions. Stay safe out there!