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Preparing for the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season

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The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season started on June 1, 2020 and will conclude on November 30, 2020. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), this year’s hurricane season is expected to be active and NOAA predicts a 60% chance of an above-normal season. This year’s active hurricane season has the potential to generate between three to six major hurricanes. 

Photo: NOAA

Natural disasters pose a serious threat to the stability of communities worldwide. Millions of refugees have been impacted by the destructive forces of natural disasters, which at times pushes them to flee their homes. Familiar to Floridians, hurricanes can cause massive destruction and disrupt the lives of millions. 

The mission of the IRC in Florida is to create opportunities for refugees, immigrants and other vulnerable populations to integrate and thrive in Florida communities. Refugees and survivors are resilient people who have overcome incredible challenges, but as all Floridians, they too are vulnerable to the destructive forces of these storms. Ensuring that all of IRC’s clients have access to emergency preparedness resources is a critical step towards ensuring clients’ self-sufficiency.   

How to be prepared for hurricane season:  

  • Gather Supplies for your Hurricane Kit 
  • Know your Hurricane Risk  
  • Recognize Warnings and Alerts  
  • Make an Emergency Plan  
  • Review Important Documents  
  • Strengthen your Home  
  • Know your Evacuation Zone

For a comprehensive list of emergency preparedness tips, please visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website.

Gather Supplies for your Hurricane Kit: Prepare a kit of supplies you can carry with you if you are forced to evacuate. Be sure to include important documents like your passport. 

  • Here are other items to consider:  
  • Non-perishable food  
  • Water  
  • Personal hygiene items and sanitation items  
  • Flashlight  
  • Batteries  
  • Battery operated radio  
  • Waterproof container with cash and important documents  
  • Lighter or matches  

Click here for a complete list of items.

Additional resources:

To learn more about the work of the IRC in Florida and for information on how you can get involved with the IRC as a donor or volunteer, please contact Development Manager, JC Torres, at Juan.Torres [at] Rescue.org or 786-325-6257.

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