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It's Not Too Soon to Prepare for the 2018 Hurricane Season

Friday, March 16, 2018

It's Not Too Soon to Prepare for the 2018 Hurricane Season

"Before Hurricanes Irma and Maria last September, there was Tropical Storm Otto in 2010, Tropical Storm Jeanne in 2004, Hurricane Lenny in 1999, Hurricane Georges in 1998, Hurricane Bertha in 1996, Hurricane Marilyn in 1995 and Hurricane Hugo in 1989.

As Virgin Islanders continue recovering from Irma and Maria, the next Atlantic hurricane season is less than three months away. The season runs from June 1 to November 30, with the peak occurring between mid-August and late October. Officials from the Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) urge residents and communities to begin preparing now.

“There are a number of actions we recommend to be well prepared for the next hurricane,” said VITEMA Director Mona Barnes. “We urge you to be informed and plan ahead.”

On the VI-Alert site, users can sign up to receive emergency alerts on their cell phones. The VITEMA Facebook page and Inform are resources for the latest news about hurricanes and preparedness..."

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