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Sumter County – Weather experts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as well as Colorado State University forecast another active hurricane season, predicting as many as 20 named tropical systems. NOAA predicts nine of the tropical systems will become hurricanes and four may be major hurricanes (Category 3 or higher). While official hurricane season is still a few weeks away, each of the last seven years has seen a named storm prior to the official June 1 start. It’s never too early to be prepared for a hurricane and www.SumterPrepares.com provides valuable information on hurricane preparedness.
Important steps you can take, even months ahead of time, include having the proper tools and supplies available in case a hurricane approaches. Make sure that you have plenty of batteries, backup generator for appliances or sump pump, nonperishable foods, wood to protect doors and windows, and even a tarp in case you need it to cover your roof in case of damage. Make sure drains and gutters are clear so they can better handle heavy rains. Waterproof your crawl space.
The National Institute of Building Sciences says that for every $1 spent on flood mitigation for your home or business can save $6 in repairs. In other words, preparation matters.
“Now is the time to take the necessary preparedness actions if you want to be as ready as possible for the hurricane season,” said David Casto, Director of Emergency Management for Sumter County. “Preparing now also provides a level of reassurance and minimizes the stress of trying to accomplish tasks at the last minute when there will be competition for obtaining supplies.”
Casto says if you follow the seven key steps for the season, the odds of succeeding through the season likely will be strongest. These steps are:
Know and understand the hurricane hazards
Make a plan
Get a kit
Get an insurance check-up
Strengthen your home
In any natural disaster, a community comes out of it the strongest when helping each other. Neighbors helping neighbors can build an effective support network, especially for those that need extra assistance.
Taking these steps can help minimize damage, anxiety and stress, and make sure you and your loved ones are as safe as possible when disaster strikes.
For more information, visit: www.sumtercountyfl.gov/EM.