The 2012 Atlantic hurricane season starts today and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has released their predictions for the upcoming season.

Here are the predictions and ways to be prepared for this upcoming hurricane season.

NOAA’s 2012 hurricane season predictions are; 9-15 named storms, 4-8 hurricanes, 1-3 major hurricanes (category 3, 4, 5). The peak of the hurricane season is from mid August to late October with September 10 being the peak. As we know very well our area can experience hurricanes in late June and or September.

Source: NOAA

Here is a list of all the names for the 2012 Atlantic Hurricane season:

 

Alberto

Beryl

Chris (unused)

Debby (unused)

Ernesto (unused)

Florence (unused)

Gordon (unused)

Helene (unused)

Isaac (unused)

Joyce (unused)

Kirk (unused)

Leslie (unused)

Michael (unused)

Nadine (unused)

Oscar (unused)

Patty (unused)

Rafael (unused)

Sandy (unused)

Tony (unused)

Valerie (unused)

William (unused)

Now is also the time to make your plan and be prepared.  Here are some tips to help you.

Know the area you live in – Is it prone to tidal, storm, and or heavy rain flooding.

When will you evacuate?

Where will you evacuate to? – Have 2 or 3 options

What items will you evacuate? – Will you have to make numerous trips?

What will it cost? – Start saving now

Have a list of important phone number.

Secure you home and property.

Make sure your vehicle is in good condition.

Be self sufficient for 72 hours with food, water, medication, clothes.

Have a first aid kit.

Evacuate all important papers.

Video your home – Inside and out

For a detailed plan you can go to www.gohsep.la.gov and select “Get a Game Plan”, or to download the Official Louisiana Hurricane Survival Guide you can go to www.lsp.org. Select Emergency Information, and then select the Official Guide.