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2013 Hurricane Season

Hurricane IreneHurricane season begins June 1 and ends November 30. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center is forecasting an active or extremely active season this year. The forecast calls for a 70 percent chance of 13-20 named storms (with top winds of 39 mph or higher), of which seven to 11 will strengthen to a hurricane (with top winds of 74 mph or higher) and of those three to six will become major hurricanes (with top winds of 111 mph or higher, ranking Category 3, 4 or 5). As with every hurricane season, it is important to have a hurricane preparedness plan in place.

USACE Role in Hurricane Response
Every year, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, part of the federal government’s unified national response to disasters and emergencies, sends hundreds of people to respond to disasters around the world.

  • USACE has more than 40 specially trained response teams ready to perform a wide range of public works and engineering-related support missions.
  • USACE uses pre-awarded contracts that can be quickly activated for missions such as debris removal, temporary roofing, water and commodities distribution, and generator installation.
  • When disasters occur, USACE teams and other resources are mobilized from across the country to assist our local districts and offices to deliver our response missions.

 

                                  2013 Hurricane Models

Preparedness Tips

  • Build an emergency kit and make a family communication plan.
  • Listen to your all-weather radio or TV for information.
  • During the hurricane, take refuge in a small interior room, closet or hallway on the lowest level.
  • Stay alert for extended rainfall and subsequent flooding even after the hurricane or tropical storm has ended.
  • Follow the local officials’ evacuation order! If you evacuated, return home only when officials say it is safe.
  • After the hurricane has passed, drive only if necessary and avoid flooded roads and washed out bridges.