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Hurricane Season Begins June 1

Delaware Emergency Management Agency | Date Posted: Thursday, May 31, 2018



(Smyrna) – While tropical storms and hurricanes can occur without regard to the calendar, the official start of the hurricane season is June 1.  The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released its forecast for 2018 a week ago, predicting a near to above average season, anticipating 10-16 named storms, 1-4 of which should achieve hurricane status.  One storm, Alberto, has already affected Mexico and the Southeastern and Midwestern regions of the United States.

Now is the time for Delaware residents and property owners to prepare for any storms that could affect Delaware during this storm season.  Actions taken now may help protect lives, and minimize property damage in the event a tropical storm or hurricane touch the state.  With the advice of “Make a Plan – Make a Kit”, here is what to do:

  • Prepare a Home Emergency Kit. Important items to include are water – a gallon per day for each person living in the house for three days (example: 4 residents=12 gallons); non-perishable food  (3-day supply); battery-powered or hand-cranked radio with NOAA weather band; flashlights or battery powered lanterns; first aid kit; manual can opener; and cell phone chargers.  Prescription medications should be kept up to date.
  • Know your potential evacuation routes. If instructed to evacuate your home, do so quickly.  Plan now where you will go if instructed to evacuate.  Options may include the home of a friend or relative who lives outside of the affected area, or an out-of-town hotel.  Emergency shelters should be considered as a last resort.  To help plan your evacuation routes, check this section of the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) website https://deldot.gov/information/projects/tmt/evac_map.shtml.
  • If evacuating, remember to take proof of residence such as a utility bill along with you as this may be the only way that law enforcement officials will allow you to return to the evacuated area.
  • Establish a family communication plan. Emergencies don’t always happen when the entire family is together at home, so set procedures on how family members will communicate where they are and let friends and loved ones know they are safe.
  • Don’t forget your pets. Make sure you have emergency supplies of food and water for them also, and include household pets in your evacuation plans.
  • When the possibility of a storm is being talked about, make sure you stay current as to the latest forecast and storm track. Local television and cable stations, along with local radio can keep you informed.
  • As a storm approaches, check on neighbors who may have functional needs or are elderly. Make sure they are prepared for the storm or if they need to evacuate.

Remember, it doesn’t matter how many storms are anticipated to occur this year, it only takes one to hit Delaware to affect your family and home.  Officials remind people who live in areas that could be impacted by a tropical storm or hurricane to prepare as if they are going to be hit.

There are additional ways to get ready for hurricane season.  For more information and checklists of items for emergency kits, visit www.preparede.org, or www.ready.gov.

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Hurricane Season Begins June 1

Delaware Emergency Management Agency | Date Posted: Thursday, May 31, 2018



(Smyrna) – While tropical storms and hurricanes can occur without regard to the calendar, the official start of the hurricane season is June 1.  The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released its forecast for 2018 a week ago, predicting a near to above average season, anticipating 10-16 named storms, 1-4 of which should achieve hurricane status.  One storm, Alberto, has already affected Mexico and the Southeastern and Midwestern regions of the United States.

Now is the time for Delaware residents and property owners to prepare for any storms that could affect Delaware during this storm season.  Actions taken now may help protect lives, and minimize property damage in the event a tropical storm or hurricane touch the state.  With the advice of “Make a Plan – Make a Kit”, here is what to do:

  • Prepare a Home Emergency Kit. Important items to include are water – a gallon per day for each person living in the house for three days (example: 4 residents=12 gallons); non-perishable food  (3-day supply); battery-powered or hand-cranked radio with NOAA weather band; flashlights or battery powered lanterns; first aid kit; manual can opener; and cell phone chargers.  Prescription medications should be kept up to date.
  • Know your potential evacuation routes. If instructed to evacuate your home, do so quickly.  Plan now where you will go if instructed to evacuate.  Options may include the home of a friend or relative who lives outside of the affected area, or an out-of-town hotel.  Emergency shelters should be considered as a last resort.  To help plan your evacuation routes, check this section of the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) website https://deldot.gov/information/projects/tmt/evac_map.shtml.
  • If evacuating, remember to take proof of residence such as a utility bill along with you as this may be the only way that law enforcement officials will allow you to return to the evacuated area.
  • Establish a family communication plan. Emergencies don’t always happen when the entire family is together at home, so set procedures on how family members will communicate where they are and let friends and loved ones know they are safe.
  • Don’t forget your pets. Make sure you have emergency supplies of food and water for them also, and include household pets in your evacuation plans.
  • When the possibility of a storm is being talked about, make sure you stay current as to the latest forecast and storm track. Local television and cable stations, along with local radio can keep you informed.
  • As a storm approaches, check on neighbors who may have functional needs or are elderly. Make sure they are prepared for the storm or if they need to evacuate.

Remember, it doesn’t matter how many storms are anticipated to occur this year, it only takes one to hit Delaware to affect your family and home.  Officials remind people who live in areas that could be impacted by a tropical storm or hurricane to prepare as if they are going to be hit.

There are additional ways to get ready for hurricane season.  For more information and checklists of items for emergency kits, visit www.preparede.org, or www.ready.gov.

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