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2024 Hurricane Season Predicted to Strike: Are You Prepared?

By Loren Gutentag · May 28, 2024

Preparing for the 2024 Hurricane Season

Forecasts for the 2024 hurricane season are painting a foreboding picture. The latest predictions, according to The Weather Channel, suggest that we could be facing one of the most active hurricane seasons on record, with a projected 25 named storms, 12 hurricanes, and 6 major hurricanes. These staggering numbers mark the highest count of hurricanes anticipated in any outlook issued by The Weather Company. In the face of such ominous forecasts, it's imperative to ask ourselves: how prepared are we to weather the storm?   Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Tips for Weathering the Storm

The key to mitigating the impact of hurricanes lies in proactive preparation and robust planning. Here are some considerations to keep in mind as we gear up for the turbulent months ahead.  Photo by Wade Austin Ellis on Unsplash

Have a Plan

Preparation is paramount, especially for individuals with chronic medical conditions. Create a thorough plan well in advance. Remember to take into account the possibility of power outages, particularly if you rely on medical equipment such as home oxygen or refrigerated medications, like insulin. Investing in a generator or making alternative arrangements can be a lifesaver in times of crisis.  Photo by Sweet Life on Unsplash

What's in Your Supplies Kit?

A basic emergency kit may include things such as canned food, first aid supplies, alternative light source, extra pet food, as well as other items. It is also important to include a gallon of water for each person and pet for at least three days. A guide for building your kit can be found here.  Photo by Roger Brown/Pexels

Be Tech Ready

Technology is extrememly helpful when preparing for emergencies, but sometimes technology can be unreliable if you haven’t kept your gadgets protected and powered up. First, ensure your devices are charged and have a back up charging option. Second, sign up for emergecy alerts and messages.  Photo by on Unsplash

Wound Care and Tetanus Prevention

Amidst the chaos of a hurricane, open wounds are at risk of contamination from debris, increasing the likelihood of tetanus infections. Ahead of the hurricane, ensure your tetanus vaccination is up to date to fend off potential health complications.  Robert Kaufmann, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Know Who to Call

Knowing who to contact during emergencies is crucial. If you encounter an immediate or life-threatening situation, dial 911 without hesitation. In the event of witnessing an oil, chemical, or hazardous substance spill or discharge caused by a hurricane, reach out to the National Response Center at 800-424-8802.  Photo by camilo jimenez on Unsplash