The end of the year’s string of severe and often deadly weather isn’t over. June marks the beginning of the six-month North Atlantic hurricane season and weather forecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predict above-average activity.
NOAA estimates 12 to 18 named storms in 2011 with six to 10 possibly becoming hurricanes with winds of 74 mph or higher. There were 12 hurricanes in the 2010 season, and of them were Category 3 or higher. Below are a list of 2011 Hurricane names.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 36.8 million people live in the coastal communities, stretching from North Carolina to Texas, and are threatened by Atlantic hurricanes. Although less likely, hurricanes have the potential to reach homes as far north as Long Island, N.Y. and impact states as far inland as Illinois.
The key to staying safe this hurricane season is preparation. Residents in an area at risk for severe storms should prepare an emergency plan, create an emergency supply kit, and learn local hurricane evacuation routes. If an evacuation is ordered, -do not delay and get to safety as soon as possible.
To help with preparations, OnStar at Bob Maguire Chevrolet in Bordentown NJ
and the American Red Cross have partnered to create the Hurricane Preparation Checklist.
In the event of a hurricane or other natural disaster, specially trained OnStar Crisis Assist Advisors can serve as a central contact point and:
- Contact emergency responders if needed and direct them to the subscriber’s exact vehicle location, using OnStar’s embedded cellular system and Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite technology.
- Provide up-to-date evacuation routes
- Locate open shelter or available hotel accommodations
- Provide updated weather conditions
OnStar at Bob Maguire Chevrolet in Bordentown NJ subscribers in affected areas will have all OnStar services available regardless of service plan. If cell phones and landlines are not working, OnStar can help make connections.
OnStar Crisis Assist services were available in March in the wake of the tsunami warning for Hawaii and residents along the U.S Pacific Coast. Residents of Joplin, Mo., also had OnStar at Bob Maguire Chevrolet in Bordentown NJ services available in the aftermath of the deadly tornado that destroyed much of the town in May.
More information on hurricane hazards, details on how to secure buildings and belongings is available at http://www.redcross.org.