GOHSEP encourage residents to get hurricane prepared as the 2023 season begins today

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Today marks the first day of the 2023 hurricane season and the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) encourages residents to get their emergency game plan in place. GOHSEP Spokesperson Mike Steele says now is the time to prepare even if you don’t have to use it.

“Overall 2022 was pretty mild compared to some of our recent years. And so we’re all hoping for that again but there’s no guarantee we can see that happen again.”

NOAA is forecasting a near-normal season with 12 to 17 named storms with five to nine of those being hurricanes. One to four storms are projected to be major. Steele suggests the best way to prepare is to create a checklist, restock, and stay connected.

“Review all of your insurance policies. We ask people to check their supplies.  You can go to getagameplan.org. Make sure you have those basic things.”

Since Hurricane Ida, FEMA continues to house more than 3,800 families in mobile homes, travel trailers, and other ready-to-occupy housing. Steele says it is important for those residents to stay updated on the weather at all times.

“The units that are involved in Ida Sheltering Program, even though they’re RV units they’re not safe enough to ride out a tropical event. It’s really important that the people understand what their local leaders are saying. Pay attention to where shelters may be opened.

Residents can visit getagameplan.org to prepare.

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