ORLEANS — 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 late October.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration’s Climate Prediction Center is predicting 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 should make sure they are ready for the hurricane
season and prepare for the worst case scenario.
“It is essential for the safety of you and your family to prepare
for a hurricane well before it arrives,” said Capt. Harper Phillips, Chief of
Incident Management for District Eight. “Being prepared is key during hurricane
season. We highly recommend all boaters prepare a hurricane plan for their
vessels now. It’s also paramount to pay close attention to the weather both
ashore and out at sea and heed the messages, warnings and orders of local
The Coast Guard recommends the following preparedness tips for
this hurricane season:
a kit. Ensure you and your
family have a disaster kit ready to go in case of an emergency. For more
information on items to include in a kit visit Ready.gov preparedness tips.
- Get to
know your surroundings. Know
the elevation of your house and property. Hurricanes often bring storm
surge, which is considered the greatest threat to property and life during
any tropical storm. Know your communities’ evacuation routes and how you
would evacuate to higher ground. For more information on potential storm
surge areas visit NOAA’s storm surge site.
the weather: The Coast Guard mobile app for
boating safety is a tool to check marine weather from your phone. With the
mobile app, you can check the weather at nearby NOAA buoys, which provide
wind speed and direction along with wave height. Checking weather any time
you plan to get underway and throughout your time on the water is highly
your boats: Review your hurricane plan
with your local marina, ensure you have a plan to both bring your boat in
and strap it down ashore or ensure it is properly equipped to ride out the
storm at the marina.
to local officials:
When it comes to hurricane response and preparedness, the most important
link in the chain is you: prepare your boat for the season, have a
hurricane mooring plan and monitor channel 16 on your VHF radio when on
the water. Prior to planning a voyage, keep an eye on the weather, port
conditions and other hurricane warnings.
For more information on hurricane preparedness visit Ready.gov and NOAA websites, as well as following them on Twitter
at Readygov and NOAA.