NOAA Predicts Above Normal 2007 Atlantic Hurricane Season
June 1 marks the beginning of hurricane season. Experts at the NOAA Climate Prediction Center are projecting a 75 percent chance that the Atlantic Hurricane Season will be above normal this year--showing the ongoing active hurricane era remains strong. "For the 2007 Atlantic hurricane season, NOAA scientists predict 13 to 17 named storms, with seven to 10 becoming hurricanes, of which three to five could become major hurricanes of Category 3 strength or higher," said retired Navy Vice Adm. Conrade C. Lautenbeacher, Ph.D., undersecretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator. An average Atlantic hurricane season brings 11 named storms, with six becoming hurricanes, including two major hurricanes.
Titusville's Emergency Manager Scott Gaenicke urges all residents of Titusville to be prepared for an active hurricane season. "It is important to be prepared with a family disaster plan, that includes all facets of planned preparation--supplies, communications, and evacuation. Sheltering in your own home, if it has been properly stocked and prepared to withstand impacts from tropical and hurricane storms, should remain as your first option. However, be prepared and ready to evacuate the area if directed to do so by local authorities. The day before a storm hits is NOT the time to try to begin preparations and evacuate. Preplanning is the key to a successful and less stressful experience. Considering the far-reaching effects left by the hurricane seasons of 2004, 2005 and 2006, we all are aware of the need to prepare adequately for the protection of our families and our homes. I urge our citizens to make their preparations now. Florida residents can also take advantage of the money they can save on purchasing vital supplies during the hurricane preparedness sales tax holiday period of June 1-12."
Florida's State Emergency Management office has developed simple but comprehensive hurricane preparedness guides for our citizens, ranging from recommended supply lists, to family emergency plans, to hurricane hardening our homes. A list of those supply items that are tax free during the authorized hurricane sales tax holiday of 6/1-12/07 is also available at: www.mysafeflorida.org and www.floridadisaster.org Other disaster and local shelter location information is available under the City of Titusville's emergency management website at www.titusville.com
Regardless of whether you shelter in your home during a hurricane or evacuate to another locale, Emergency Manager Gaenicke reminds you of these important safety tips:
Your Titusville Emergency Management Team is committed to working with all local, state and federal agencies to ensure that recovery after the storm is safe, organized and as quick as possible. Do you part by ensuring that you and your family are prepared and have a disaster plan ready to put into action should it be required.