Time for Residents and Businesses to Prepare

for 2011 Hurricane Season

The Atlantic basin is expected to see an above-normal hurricane season this year, according to the seasonal outlook issued by NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center – a division of the National Weather Service.

As with any hurricane season, the need to prepare for the possibility of a storm striking near St. Augustine and St. Johns county is essential.  Click here to go to the NOAA Web site for more information.

The 2011 hurricane season began June 1.  Raising public awareness and urging every family’s preparation is the goal of National Hurricane Preparedness Week (NHPW). Visit the NHPW by clicking here.

The names of the 2011 hurricane/tropical storms are as follows:

Arlene
Lee
Bret
Maria
Cindy
Nate
Don
Ophelia
Emily
Philippe
Franklin
Rina
Gert
Sean
Harvey
Tammy
Irene
Vince
Jose
Whitney
Kat

For more information on the naming of hurricanes, click here.

If you haven't yet, plan now to spend part of the days ahead with your family planning for the hurricane season “what if.”

Start by visiting the EOC, the Emergency Operations Center, for both the State of Florida, for the City of St. Augustine and St. Johns County. Both have information that will be very helpful as you develop your own plan for disaster preparedness. (The City of St. Augustine works in cooperation and in tandem with St. Johns County to provide the most updated and specific information for its residents.)  New on the EOC is the My Zone Evacuation tool to locate the closest evacuation route according to your address.

Checking on the Neighbors

If you have a friend or neighbor or perhaps a family member who may need assistance if evacuation is required, make sure they have completed an evacuation assistance request form with the St. Johns County Department of Emergency Management. If the form has been previously submitted and the information is still correct, a new one is not necessary. The form is available by clicking here.

St. Augustine Fire Department has Four Steps to Disaster Preparedness.  Click here to view. 

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