It’s Officially Hurricane Season

The hurricane season in the Atlantic, Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico officially kicked off Monday, June 1 and runs through the end of November.

While forecasters are predicting this will be a quiet season (knock on wood!), it’s still important to be prepared. Being informed and prepared can help diminish the damaging effects of hurricanes. Click here for a storm fact sheet, as well as preparedness tips and to-do items before and after the storm. As always, the number one tip is to simply have a plan.

The Salvation Army is always ready to help. Before a storm even has the chance to make landfall, we’re mobilizing. Our canteens (kitchen on wheels) are capable of serving thousands of disaster survivors and emergency personnel each day with food and beverages and are always ready to move to locations in need. We’re also there to provide physical, emotional, financial and spiritual support.

Want to start planning? Check out The National Hurricane Center’s (NHC) site about hurricane hazards, preparedness information, and practical ways to plan ahead. Additionally, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has a great tool for kids with lots of hurricane background information so that they can be knowledgeable and prepared as well.

If you’d like to learn more about the Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) of The Salvation Army or simply get the latest updates of our services, visit our EDS website at: disaster.salvationarmyusa.org. Visit our national website at www.salvationarmyusa.org.

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