Hurricane season along the Atlantic coast is officially under way, and the National Hurricane Center (NHC) has predicted a tumultuous six-month stretch.
According to The Associated Press, the NHC has forecast that the storm season will be busier than normal, with as many as six major hurricanes expected to hit the East Coast. The agency reported that climate patterns known as El Niño and La Niña are expected to have neutral impact this season, which complicates long-term predictions.
The last time the storm forces were neutral was in 2005, when Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita ravaged the Gulf Coast, the news provider reported.
In order to avoid catastrophic results in the event of a natural disaster, HurricaneSafety.org recommends that citizens should bolster their self-survival skills. The source suggests that individuals should start gathering supplies, prepare their homes for a potential emergency and educate family members about proper response procedures before, during and after a hurricane.
Creating a family disaster plan can help save lives. Every member of the household should know where to go, whether it’s a neighbor’s house or an underground shelter, if a hurricane hits.
According to the website, every household should designate an out-of-state friend or relative to assume the role of the “family contact.” Long-distance calls are often the easiest to make in the wake of a disaster, and the out-of-state contact can help orchestrate recovery efforts and inform other family members about their loved one’s safety and whereabouts.