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Brookhaven recommends planning ahead for hurricane season

Post Date:06/02/2017 9:29 AM

Brookhaven, GA, June 1, 2017 –The City of Brookhaven reminds all residents that June 1 is the official start of the 2017 Hurricane Season that runs through the end of November.

For this season, forecasters at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center are predicting an above-average potential for formation of hurricanes in the Atlantic region, the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico.

“NOAA’s climatologists are predicting the possibility of 11 to 17 named storms forming in the Atlantic Ocean with the potential for 5 to 9 of these intensifying to hurricane strength,” said Brookhaven Emergency Management Coordinator Paul White.  “Now is an excellent time to get prepared for any severe weather event, just in case.”

White advises that Brookhaven could feel the following weather effects of hurricanes in this region:

  • Very strong winds can extend hundreds of miles inland. 
  • Prolonged, significant rain events often occur well inland.
  • Tornadoes can develop from hurricane or tropical storm landfall.

White encourages Brookhaven residents and businesses to review their emergency plans, using the following as tools:

  1. Prepare a Disaster Plan that includes: response actions like communication procedures, evacuation and sheltering, and structural/utility protection procedures.

  2. Build a “Ready Kit” that should minimally contain: a 72-hour food and water supply, first aid items, extra clothing/blankets, important documents and eating utensils.

  3. Be and stay informed by having a battery-powered or even a NOAA weather alert radio in your kit for warnings and updates, have cell phones or other personal devises set for automatic alerts.    

Further information on the 2017 Hurricane Season can be found on U.S. Dept. of Commerce NOAA website and – www.noaa.gov.

Additional specific preparedness actions can be found on GEMA’s Ready Georgia website – www.ready.ga.gov. and on the FEMA website – www.ready.gov.

The Georgia Power website also contains excellent preparedness information for families and businesses: www.georgiapower.com/in-your-community/strm-center.

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