Hurricane Preparedness Week gets underway a month before the season begins

Forecasters are predicting an above-average hurricane season this year.

NORTHEAST FLORIDA — The 2022 Atlantic hurricane season officially begins in 30 days and our First Alert Weather Team want you to start getting plans in place now.

For the first week of May, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminisatrion (NOAA) is asking you to go through a preparedness checklist.

To coincide with Monday’s focus, St. Johns County and federal officials are meeting in the morning to talk about changes they’ve made to hurricane evacuation routes.

JaxReady is the City of Jacksonville’s Emergency Preparedness Division and Information Technologies Division.

According to its website, a disaster supply kit should include enough supplies to last three days for every person in the family. Don’t forget to think about medication and plenty of non-perishable food.

It’s also advised that homes have storm shutters installed for large windows and glass doors, as well as insurance for the property.

According to the Colorado State University, forecasters are once again predicting another above average hurricane season this year. It’s estimated there will be 19 named storms this season, which is five more than normal. NOAA is releasing its predictions in late May.

The Atlantic hurricane season officially begins June 1 and ends November 30. According to the World Meteorological Organization, weather experts have been considering the ramifications of moving the start of the hurricane season to May 15, but no changes will occur this year.

Stay up to date on major developments and changes ahead of this upcoming hurricane season by following The WOKV Hurricane Guide.

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