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Hurricane Tracking MapHurricane season in the United States runs from June 1 to November 10 every year.

Weather professionals are predicting an ACTIVE hurricane season, possibly producing as many as 10+ named storms. Coastal residents are starting their annual vigil of watching the tropics for new storm development.

Of great concern to federal, state and local emergency disaster professionals is the significant increase in coastal populations over the last twenty years. Many of these residents are newcomers to sea-side living and have not experienced the wrath and fury of a category 5 hurricane. Emergency planners are concerned that many people will not take these storms seriously, evacuate promptly and have not made any family hurricane preparations.

Hurricane GeorgesThe American Red Cross and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have prepared lists of items to be included in a family emergency kit for hurricanes and other severe weather occurrences. Follow the links at the bottom of this page for more information on what should be included for proper family emergency preparation.

Typically most families affected by an Atlantic or Gulf of Mexico hurricane have sufficient canned foods and dried foods in their pantries to see them through temporary disruptions in the wake of a hurricane landfall. Safe drinking water, however, is often a problem.

WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE, BUT NOT A DROP TO DRINK

Hurricanes frequently interrupt municipal utility services such as electricity, natural gas and drinking water. Days can pass before basic utility services are restored and in some cases, weeks. After water service is restored public health officials often alert the public to boil all drinking water for at least ten minutes to kill any bacteria and VOC''s which may have been introduced by the flooding associated with the hurricane.

Many coastal residents rely on bottled water during hurricane emergencies. However, recent government studies have shown that up to 33% of bottled water contains bacteria and 25% contains known carcinogens. Find out more about bottled water hazards by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page.