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Friday, May 31, 2013

Hurricane Season 2013 starts Saturday; highlights need to be preparedBREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – “Make a Plan, Build a Kit and Stay Informed.”As the official start of Hurricane Season 2013 kicks off Saturday, June 1, Brevard County Emergency Management stresses these common threads of awareness and preparation to help reduce the impact of hurricane disasters.Forecasters are anticipating a busier-than-normal Atlantic Hurricane Season, with 13 to 20 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher); 7 to 11 hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher); and 3 to 6 major hurricanes (Category 3,4 or 5; winds of 111 mph or higher.) Hurricane season ends Nov. 30.“Families, individuals, and businesses who know their vulnerability and what actions to take can reduce the effects of a hurricane disaster by taking action to prepare,” said Emergency Management Director Kimberly Prosser. “As Hurricane Season starts, it’s time to prepare yourselves, your family and your pets, and to stay informed.”

Emergency Management recommends:

Make a Plan: Have a place to go, and include your pet in your plan. Decide whether you’ll stay with relatives, at a hotel, whether you’ll utilize one of the county’s 13 general population shelters or three pet-friendly shelters. If you have certain medical needs, including power-operated medical equipment or prescriptions that require refrigeration, and you plan to use a county shelter, you’ll need to register for a special-needs shelter athttp://web.brevardcounty.us/SpecialNeeds/Registration.aspx.

Build a Kit: You may need to survive on your own for some time after an emergency. This means having your own food, water and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least 72 hours. Assemble this kit well in advance, and plan ahead for needed medications, and supplies for pets and infants. Include a cell phone charger for your car, and you’ll want to have some cash and a full tank of gas.

Stay Informed: Recent severe storms highlight the importance of keeping informed about weather hazards. Here are some of the ways that you can do so:

In addition, the following services provide information and updates about severe weather as well as other incidents which could affect large numbers of people in the county: space launches, large brush fires, major road closures, as well as preparedness tips and prescribed burn notices:

  •   Like “Brevard County Emergency Management” on Facebook
  •   Follow @BrevardEOC on Twitter
  •   Subscribe to text messages by texting FOLLOW BREVARDEOC to telephone number 40404

Additional information about preparedness for hurricanes and other hazards is available at www.embrevard.com.

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