NOAA Expects Above Normal Hurricane Season; FEMA Release Pandemic Guidance For Hurricane Season

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicted the likelihood of 13-19 named storms, 6-10 hurricanes and 3-6 major hurricanes (Category 3 or higher) this season, which officially runs from June 1 through Nov. 30.

Active weather already started with Tropical Storm Arthur forming off the southeastern U.S. coast earlier this week.

The Weather Channel in April predicted 18 named storms, nine hurricanes and four major hurricanes.

            Visit the National Weather Service National Hurricane Preparedness webpage for readiness tips.

            FEMA Pandemic Hurricane Guidance

To address the challenges of managing disaster response and recovery efforts during this year’s hurricane season and other disasters such as flooding and wildfires, FEMA has released the “COVID-19 Pandemic Operational Guidance for the 2020 Hurricane Season” to help emergency managers, public health officials, and the private sector best prepare for new disasters, while continuing to respond to and recover from coronavirus (COVID-19).

Specifically, the guidance:

— Outlines funding of Emergency Protective Measures by state;

— Describes anticipated challenges to disaster operations;

— Highlights planning considerations based on current challenges;

— Outlines how FEMA plans to adapt response and recovery operations;

— Shares understanding of expectations between FEMA and emergency managers; and,

— Provides guidance, checklists, and resources to support response and recovery planning.

While aspects of FEMA program delivery are different this year, FEMA does not anticipate major changes in program eligibility, timeliness of grant awards, or level of assistance provided under the Individual and Households Program.

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