Director’s 2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season Message
Posted on by Director
Lewis on May 25, 2012 at 1:50 PM AST
The 2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season is upon us and it is important that our community is prepared for the hazards associated with this force of nature. The season begins June 1 and ends on November 30, and despite forecasts for a below average season, everyone should prepare the same way every season. History teaches us it takes only one hurricane making landfall to make it a bad year.
Hurricanes can produce storm surge, heavy rainfall, inland flooding, high winds, tornadoes and rip currents, and it is important the community knows how to prepare for each of these hazards. I urge individuals, families, businesses and mariners to take the time now to prepare by taking these simple steps: build an emergency supply kit with at least five days’ worth of essential items such as water, dry foods, flashlight and batteries, and medication; develop and regularly exercise a disaster preparedness/evacuation plan; stay informed about hazards that may impact the Territory; and listen closely for information and instructions from government officials.
Be prepared for extended power outages in the wake and aftermath of a major storm or hurricane, and remember, disaster planning should also include the special needs of babies and small children, the elderly, the disabled and pets.
I also encourage residents and visitors to the Virgin Islands to register for
VI Alert, the Territory’s mass alert and notification system. This system was developed to provide registered users with instantaneous public safety information from emergency management agencies including the National Weather Service which issues advisories, watches and warnings for severe weather. Having the information is vital to knowing to respond in an emergency. This service is free of charge.
As you plan for this hurricane season, keep in mind that, while the federal and local government will bring all of its resources to bear, our resiliency will depend on how well we prepare as a community.
A disaster can happen at any time and without notice. A prepared community means a more resilient community, and makes our path to recovery that much faster. For more information about how you can prepare for the season, click
“Plan and Prepare” on the
VITEMA.gov’s homepage, or visit
www.hurricanes.gov or www.Ready.gov.