This is not a season we like to talk about, but here it is. For the next few months, we'll all be monitoring the Gulf a little closer and making preparations should a storm decide to head out way.

As always, there are those who claim they can predict just what the season will bring. Despite the fact that , once issued, those predictions get altered more than hand me down clothes. Still, no matter what the prediction, the Boy Scouts have the right idea: Be Prepared

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NOAA’s 2012 hurricane season predictions are; 9-15 named storms, 4-8 hurricanes, 1-3 major hurricanes (category 3, 4, 5). The peak of the hurricane season is from mid August to late October with September 10 being the peak. As we know very well our area can experience hurricanes in late June and or September.

Source: NOAA

Here is a list of all the names for the 2012 Atlantic Hurricane season:

 

Alberto (Used)

Beryl (Used)

Chris

Debby

Ernesto

Florence

Gordon

Helene

Isaac

Joyce

Kirk

Leslie

Michael

Nadine

Oscar

Patty

Rafael

Sandy

Tony

Valerie

William

Now is also the time to make your plan and be prepared.  Here are some tips to help you.

 

 

Know the area you live in – Is it prone to tidal, storm, and or heavy rain flooding.

When will you evacuate?

Where will you evacuate to? – Have 2 or 3 options

What items will you evacuate? – Will you have to make numerous trips?

What will it cost? – Start saving now

Have a list of important phone number.

Secure you home and property.

Make sure your vehicle is in good condition.

Be self sufficient for 72 hours with food, water, medication, clothes.

Have a first aid kit.

Evacuate all important papers.

Video your home – Inside and out

For a detailed plan you can go to www.gohsep.la.gov and select “Get a Game Plan”, or to download the Official Louisiana Hurricane Survival Guide you can go to www.lsp.org. Select Emergency Information, and then select the Official Guide.

Of course, we will (God willing) be on the air and bring you news and updates if a hurricane should threaten the area!