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Prepare Your Home for Hurricane Season

Published on Mar 23, 2021

While hurricane season dates haven’t officially changed this year, it doesn’t mean you need to let your guard down.

Let’s face it, Mother Nature doesn’t follow our calendar. You still need to be ready as tropical temperatures rise closer to summer.

In the last six years, storms in the Atlantic Ocean have been named in May, well before the season officially begins on June 1.

“Everyone still needs to be ready for hurricane season,” said Polk County Emergency Management Director Paul Womble. “Have your plan together, your hurricane kit and know what you’re going to do.”

Even if the dates were to change, which is under review by the World Meteorological Organization, it would still be business as usual at Polk County’s Emergency Operations Center, Womble said. “It doesn’t matter if a storm comes in May, July or November, it won’t change what we do.”

The National Hurricane Center changed its policy to begin issuing its routine tropical weather outlooks for the Atlantic on May 15.

“Given recent increased tropical cyclone activity in the Atlantic basin in late May, routine issuance of the Atlantic TWO (tropical weather outlook) starting on May 15, offers a service improvement over unscheduled Special TWOs that are issued to discuss the possibility of tropical cyclone formation prior to the official start of hurricane season on June 1,” said Michael Brennan, branch chief of the Hurricane Specialist Unit at the National Hurricane Center.

Here are some helpful links to prepare for the upcoming storm season: