EMA says, prepare: Hurricane season starts today

This Tuesday, July 1, 2014, satellite image released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), shows the center of Tropical Storm Arthur off the east coast of Florida. With the July Fourth weekend on the horizon, the Atlantic hurricane season's first named storm plodded off Florida's coast early Wednesday, though Tropical Storm Arthur wasn't yet spooking too many in the storm's potential path. (AP Photo/NOAA)

CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — With Monday, June 1, officially starting the hurricane season of 2015, Rhode Island’s Emergency Management Agency is advising Rhode Islanders to plan and prepare in case a serious storm charges into the state.

“We are through a challenging winter, but we do not know what the weather has in store for the rest of the year,” Gov. Gina Raimondo said in a news release Monday.

A named storm, Tropical Storm Ana, actually impacted the Carolinas last month. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting a 70-percent probability of a below-normal season.

But there’s still a 20-percent probability of a near-normal season, and 10-percent possibility of an above-normal season, and if real life falls in that exceptional, potential 30-percent probability, you’ll want to know what to do, say the EMA officials.

“For us, every season is important, so we prepare every season whether it be predicted to be one hurricane or 20 hurricanes. We’re still preparing the citizens of the state for any catastrophe we might have,” said Armand Randolph of RIEMA. “It only takes one, one incident to happen and it could effect everyone in the state.”

The RIEMA website has multiple resources for staying prepared ahead of disaster, including a full home disaster supply kit checklist.

Among the recommendations for a disaster supply kit:

  • 1 gallon of water per person per day for three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • 3-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio, as well as a battery-operated NOAA weather radio with tone alert and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Hand-operated (manual) can opener

Furthermore, the EMA recommends keeping boxed foods in tightly sealed plastic or metal containers, and checking supplies every six months.

When the hurricane season gets closer to its peak, at the end of August, the RIEMA will be holding a two-day Annual Preparedness Conference August 25-26 at the Community College of Rhode Island Knight Campus in Warwick.