Last week, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) raised its Atlantic hurricane forecast for the 2012 season from near-normal activity to near- or above-normal. NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center forecasts 12 to 17 named storms and five to eight hurricanes. Hurricane season is June 1 through November 20. So far this season, there have already been six named storms.
NOAA on preparedness:
Hurricane disasters can occur whether the season is active or relatively quiet. It only takes one hurricane (or tropical storm) to cause a disaster. Residents, businesses, and government agencies of coastal and near-coastal regions are urged to prepare for every hurricane season regardless of this, or any other, seasonal outlook. NOAA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the National Hurricane Center (NHC), the Small Business Administration (SBA), and the American Red Cross all provide important hurricane preparedness information on their web sites.
Pet owners should have plans to care for their animals. Read Pet Travel Experts’ post on “Advance Planning is the Key to Ensuring Pets Survive Disaster” for tips and information. A pet travel packing list may be found here. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) offer information on animal health impacts in evacuation shelters.
Images are courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). NOAA’s mission:
- Science, Service, and Stewardship.
- To understand and predict changes in climate, weather, oceans, and coasts,
- To share that knowledge and information with others, and
- To conserve and manage coastal and marine ecosystems and resources.