The Atlantic hurricane season began in earnest on June 1.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration experts predict an above-average hurricane season in 2022, which means 14 to 22 named storms, including three to six major hurricanes.
With the sweltering temperatures we’ve experienced so far this season – and it’s still June – we need to take expert advice and prepare now.
Although the Natchez area is not on the coast, we know the dangers of storms and tornadoes that come with it.
Develop an emergency plan. Do you plan to evacuate during upcoming storms? Now know which route you are going to take and make plans for a place to stay.
Have a way to stay informed in an emergency. Keep your cell phone charged and have backup power for your cell phone.
Make sure your insurance policies are up to date and be sure to put important papers in a place where they will be protected from the weather.
Now is the time to purchase the supplies you will need, such as water, non-perishable food, medications, disinfectants, and pet supplies, as well as batteries. Don’t wait for a storm to be upon you. You should have enough of these necessities for you and your family for several days.
Make a list of what you need and gather these items, such as clothing and a first aid kit, flashlights, fire extinguisher, sleeping bags, blankets and pillows.
Know where your nearest shelter is if you need to evacuate your home.
Taking the time now to prepare yourself and your family for these inevitable storms that will test us all will likely save you a lot of pain and worry.