Five years ago, the Atlantic hurricane season was the most active season in recorded history. Events that year shattered numerous records with an estimated 3,865 deaths and damages of around $130 billion. Of the 28 storms that year, five of the season's seven major hurricanes - Dennis, Emily, Katrina, Rita and Wilma - were responsible for most of the destruction.
Residents who plan to stay in a Liberty County shelter should a major hurricane approach may want to think again.
This year's hurricane season continues to stir up the occasional glance oceanward, but as flash floods, severe storms and wildfires cause devastation in other parts of the country, the time seems right to declare September National Preparedness Month.
PENSACOLA, Fla. - Record high ocean temperatures and the development of a climate phenomenon known as La Nina will keep the Atlantic hurricane season on track to be the busiest since 2005, government forecasters said Thursday.
Back in May, the National Weather Service promoted Hurricane Preparedness Week 2010 -- part of a continual effort to get the public thinking hurricane readiness.
The National Hurricane Center upgraded a depression in the Atlantic to tropical storm status this morning.
Though Georgia's coastline hasn't been hit by a hurricane since 1978, public safety officials continually warn against complacence while urging residents to be prepared.
MIAMI (AP) - A tropical storm warning has been issued for the Gulf coast as Bonnie begins moving over South Florida.
Bryan County Emergency Management Agency Director Jim Anderson invited the public last week to two briefings on hurricane preparedness – one on each end of the county.
Here's where to to get more information and support:
After the hurricane is over you should...
If a hurricane is considered to be a serious threat to human life, local authorities may issue an evacuation order.
One of the most important tools for emergency preparedness is an Emergency/Hurricane Survival Kit. You'll need provisions to carry you through a week or more after the storm.
Because Liberty County is so close to the coast, emergency agencies do not plan to open shelters to the public during a hurricane. Residents who are asked to evacuate, however, are normally directed to shelters farther inland.
A watch means hurricane conditions are likely within 36 hours. When a watch is issued, the American Red Cross and local EMAs suggest you take these steps: