Byrne Urges Alabamians to Be Prepared for Hurricane Season
As part of Hurricane Preparedness Week, Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) today urged Alabamians to be prepared as hurricane season approaches. Hurricane season typically occurs from June 1 to November 30 each year.
Hurricane Preparedness Week, which runs from May 6th to May 12th this year, is a national week to highlight ways individuals can prepare for a potential tropical storm or hurricane.
Congressman Byrne said: “On the Gulf Coast, we understand all too well the devastating effects hurricanes can have on our communities. Knowing what to do in the event of a hurricane can save lives and make the evacuation process much smoother. I urge all Alabamians to take advantage of Hurricane Preparedness Week and prepare now instead of waiting until a storm is approaching.”
The National Weather Service (NWS) has provided a list of important safety tips and resources this hurricane season, including:
- Put Together an Emergency Kit: Include food supplies and any necessary medications. Check emergency equipment, such as flashlights, generators and storm shutters;
- Write/review your Family Emergency Plan: Before an emergency happens, sit down with your family or close friends and decide how you will get in contact with each other, where you will go, and what you will do in an emergency;
- Review Your Insurance Policies: Review your insurance policies to ensure that you have adequate coverage for your home and personal property; and
- Understand NWS forecast products: Know the difference between watches and warnings and identity reliable sources to receive weather information.