Last year’s hurricane season was the most active on record with 30 named storms and 13 hurricanes, including six that were considered “major” (category three and higher). Now experts predict that the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season will be above average in terms of activity yet again.

Historically, only two named storms form on average by early August, and the ninth-named storm typically does not form until October 4. An average season produces 12 named storms, including six hurricanes of which three become major hurricanes.

The best ways to ensure VA is ready to face a hurricane is to recognize that our people come first, and they are always able to support the relief effort.  For these reasons, it is time to start planning to protect the people and things you love as we enter the hurricane season. Hurricanes can lead to devastation, but there are many ways you can help mitigate damage to your home and remain safe during the storm.

The following actions will help you and your family better prepare for the next hurricane:

  • Find out if you live in a hurricane evacuation zone.
  • Locate the nearest shelter if you need to leave your home.
  • Review/update insurance policies.
  • Build or replenish your emergency kit with hurricane supplies.
  • Plan to protect your home.
  • Create or be familiar with your family plan.
  • Stay informed with the latest information.

Hurricane Items for Your Family Survival Kit

Don’t have an emergency kit? Gather and keep these essentials handy.

Evacuation Plan

The first thing you need to do is find out if you live in a hurricane evacuation zone. If you do, now is the time to begin planning where you would go and how you would get there. You do not need to travel hundreds of miles, but you should have multiple options. Your destination could be a friend or relative who doesn’t live in an evacuation zone. If you live in a well-built home outside the evacuation zone, your safest place may be to remain home. Be sure to account for your pets in your plan, too. As hurricane season approaches, you may need to adjust any evacuation plans based on the latest health and safety guidelines.

For more information on the hurricane preparedness, please click on the following links below:

FEMA Hurricane Preparedness

National Weather Service Hurricane Preparedness Page

Find Your Evacuation Zone

Assemble Your Supplies

Get an Insurance Check-up

Strengthen Your Home

Help Your Neighbor

Complete Your Plan

Veterans Assistance

NOAA expects an extremely active hurricane season and the only way to protect you and your family is to stay informed with local forecasts, have a preparedness plan, and heed guidance from local emergency management officials.


Kristin Daniel is an emergency management specialist for the Office of Emergency Management & Resilience.

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