The Coast Guard reminds all boaters to prepare for the 2021 hurricane season. The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30, with the peak occurring between mid-August and the end of October.
the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Climate Prediction Center predicts another above normal Atlantic hurricane season. Forecasters predict a 60% chance of an above normal season, a 30% chance of a near normal season, and a 10% chance of a below normal season.
All boaters need to make sure they are prepared for hurricane season and be prepared for the worst case scenario.
“Preparing for a hurricane well before it happens, is critical to your safety and the safety of your family,” said Captain Harper Phillips, Chief Incident Management Officer for District Eight. “Being prepared is essential during hurricane season. We strongly recommend that all boaters prepare a hurricane plan for their vessels now. It is also essential to pay close attention to the weather on land and at sea and to heed the messages, warnings and orders of the local authorities.
The Coast Guard recommends the following preparation tips for this hurricane season:
- Prepare a kit. Make sure you and your family have a first aid kit ready for use in an emergency. For more information on what to include in a kit, visit Loan.gov preparation tips.
- Get to know your surroundings. Know the elevation of your home and property. Hurricanes often cause storm surges, which are considered the greatest threat to property and life during any tropical storm. Know your communities’ evacuation routes and how you will evacuate to higher ground. For more information on potential storm surge areas, visit NOAA Storm Surge Site.
- Check the weather: The Coast Guard mobile app for Boating Safety is a tool to check the marine weather from your phone. With the mobile app, you can check the weather at nearby NOAA buoys, which provide wind speed and direction as well as wave heights. It is strongly recommended that you check the weather forecast each time you plan to set out and throughout your time on the water.
- Secure your boats: Go over your hurricane plan with your local marina, make sure you have a plan to bring your boat and tie it down, or make sure it is properly equipped to weather the storm at the marina.
- Listen to local officials: If you are in an evacuation area, follow the instructions of local emergency officials, who work closely with federal, state, local, tribal and territorial agencies and partners. They will provide the latest recommendations based on the threat to your community and the appropriate security measures. Visit https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes for more information on how to prepare for hurricane season.
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