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This year’s hurricane season runs, as every year, from June 1st until November 30th. Even that window, however, is subject to change – this year’s first tropical storm, Arlene, formed April 20th, well before the official season began. NOAA and several hurricane specialists warn that this may be a somewhat busier year than usual, with more named storms than the past few years have seen, but with slightly fewer hurricane-strength storms. Regardless, these predictions are merely that: predictions. Actual hurricane formation, wind speeds, and landfall rates are by no means a certainty. It behooves us all to pay attention to forecasters, and to have a plan for emergencies and evacuations.
Please, be aware that the weather siren activation on the island is based on forecasts as well. When the siren goes off, it is an indication that everyone outdoors should seek shelter, regardless of the exact nature of the warning. If you are already indoors in your home or a rental, do not leave to go to a local secure site – those sites are there for visitors who do not have a local home or building to which they can go! In severe weather conditions, the only reason to leave your home is if an evacuation order has been announced.
Warning resources also include:
If you have special needs in terms of transportation or medical equipment that you can’t take care of yourself, please register NOW in advance of any emergency with the Chatham Emergency Management Agency at (912) 691-7443.
In order to plan effectively for emergencies, you should visit websites for each level of Emergency Management Agency and review material posted on each;