Hurricane Season Begins
I am sure you are aware, but I want to emphasize the 2010 Hurricane Season begins today and lasts until November 30. The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts this year’s season will be “active to extremely active.” For the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, NOAA projects a 70 percent probability of 14 to 23 Named Storms (top winds of 39 mph or higher). These storms could include 8 to 14 Hurricanes (top winds of 74 mph or higher), of which 3 to 7 could be Major Hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5; winds of at least 111 mph).
For those of us who resided in Central Florida during the 2004 and 2005 seasons, we know there is only one thing better than luck and it is preparation. Please take a few minutes in the next few days to get you and your family organized for this season. As you know, if you wait until a storm is upon us, you will invariably not be able to get the items and make the preparations you need.
Below are a few links, which will help you prepare for any storm as well as keeping you informed about approaching weather systems.
- National Hurricane Center – NOAA http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/
- Florida Division of Emergency Management http://www.floridadisaster.org/
- Your Hurricane Supply List http://www.ultimatepearland.com/2010/05/hurricane-season-2010-are-you-ready
- Publix OneStar Personalized Plan http://publix.onestorm.org/Default.aspx?ReturnUrl=/OnePlan/
Lastly, as you prepare your own family, please consider those in our community who may need special assistance – the elderly, the poor, and the disabled. Publix and other retail outlets have programs allowing you to contribute to the greater community as you buy your personal supplies.
Be prepared, be aware, and be ready. As the military taught me time and again, “Hope is not a course of action.”
Your Brother, Doug