Hazardous Weather Leads to State-Specific TRICARE e-Alerts
No matter the season, TRICARE beneficiaries across the United States and around the world need to be ready for the possibility of severe weather. Whether it’s winter blizzards, spring tornadoes or summer hurricanes, especially now as the Atlantic hurricane season has already sent a tropical storm up the East Coast, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure when it comes to dealing with dangerous weather.
With the Atlantic hurricane season underway, TRICARE created state-specific e-alerts for beneficiaries who want the latest information about how TRICARE has been affected during and after severe weather in their area. To sign up for state-specific TRICARE severe weather e-alerts, go to www.tricare.mil/subscriptions.
Hurricane season in the Atlantic began June 1 and ends Nov. 30; in the Eastern Pacific it started May 15 and ends Nov. 30.
In its 2013 hurricane season outlook, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center is forecasting an active or extremely active season this year. There is a 70 percent likelihood of 13 to 20 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher). Of these storms, 7 to 11 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including 3 to 6 major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5; winds of 111 mph or higher). These numbers are higher than the seasonal average of 12 named storms, 6 hurricanes and 3 major hurricanes.
Many people think hurricanes are only dangerous in areas on or near the coast, but destruction from floods and high winds can stretch hundreds of miles inland. Hurricanes over land can also spawn tornadoes. For more information about hurricane hazards and how to prepare for them, go to NOAA’s website at www.nhc.noaa.gov/prepare/hazards.php. To learn more about how NOAA classifies hurricanes, and the important difference between a “hurricane watch” and a “hurricane warning,” check out this video from NOAA: www.youtube.com/watch?v=x3V3HZBs1Y4.
Beneficiaries can sign up for e-alerts at www.tricare.mil/subscriptions and link to TRICARE social media sites for the latest in TRICARE information. For storm and disaster information, be sure to check local media channels and websites for updates on storm watches and storm warnings.