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US EPA: Be Prepared for Hurricane Season

Satellite photo of a hurricane

The 2024 hurricane season has begun! Forecasters predict above-normal hurricane activity in the Atlantic basin, with a range of 17 to 25 total named storms, including 4 to 7 major hurricanes. While forecasters are predicting below-normal hurricane activity in the eastern Pacific this year, it is still beneficial to be prepared.

After a hurricane, there are many things to consider. Is my home safe to enter? How do I save and clean up my possessions?

Flooding, storm surge, and wind damage from hurricanes can introduce new hazards indoors and worsen existing ones. Flood waters can carry biological and chemical contaminants indoors, and standing water and wet materials can become a breeding ground for viruses, bacteria, and mold. Exposure to these contaminants can cause disease, trigger allergic reactions, and continue to damage materials long after the flood.

Learn more about steps you can take to prepare for a hurricane.

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