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Five Safety Steps for Hurricane Season

Five-Safety-Steps-for-Hurricane-Season-ImageEven as people continue to mourn those injured and killed in New York by Hurricane Sandy last fall, experts are predicting more dangerous Atlantic storms in coming months.

More than a dozen storms are expected to hit the East Coast in the 2013 hurricane season, which runs from June 1 to December, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

In 2012, Hurricane Sandy killed 72 people in eight states, including 48 in New York and 12 in New Jersey.

Here is the prediction from NOAA:

NOAA’s Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook says there is a 70 percent likelihood of 13 to 20 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which 7 to 11 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including 3 to 6 major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5; winds of 111 mph or higher).

These ranges are well above the seasonal average of 12 named storms, 6 hurricanes and 3 major hurricanes.

“With the devastation of Sandy fresh in our minds, and another active season predicted, everyone at NOAA is committed to providing life-saving forecasts and ensuring that Americans are prepared and ready ahead of time,” said Kathryn Sullivan, Ph. D., NOAA acting administrator. “It’s important to remember that tropical storm and hurricane impacts are not limited to the coastline. Strong winds, torrential rain, flooding, and tornadoes often threaten inland areas far from where the storm first makes landfall.”

Experts say climate factors are contributing to the increased hurricane activity, including wind patterns and warmer Atlantic waters.

In Sandy’s wake, the NOAA has taken steps to improve its forecasting and warning systems. It has also implemented measures to get emergency information to the public more quickly.

Five Safety Steps for Natural Disasters

While there is nothing anyone can do to prevent natural disasters, here are some simple things you can do to protect yourself and your family:

  1. Review your homeowners’ insurance policy to make sure you have sufficient coverage and know how to file a claim.
  2. Have a family emergency plan.
  3. Put together a Disaster Kit.
  4. Learn more about how to prepare for hurricane season at www.ready.gov/hurricanes.
  5. If some other person or entity was partially or totally responsible for your injury, contact a New York personal injury lawyer to discuss your legal rights.

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