Two Months Left in Hurricane Season: Don’t Let Your Guard Down
Knowing the halfway point of the 2013 hurricane season is in the rearview mirror with no major hurricane activity – so far – may make some breathe a sigh of relief. However, now is the time to review and refresh disaster plans to make sure everything is shipshape in the event of a late-season hurricane.
Although the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration modified its original forecast, it’s still predicting higher than normal Atlantic hurricane activity. While August and September are historically the busiest months for Atlantic hurricanes, October and November produce their share of storms. Hurricane season lasts through Nov. 30, so beneficiaries in potential hurricane impact areas should check their disaster kits to make sure they’re still ready to go, and know where to go to get current disaster information.
The TRICARE disaster information page, www.tricare.mil/disasterinfo, has TRICARE announcements on hurricanes, storms and other natural disasters. There are also lists of what military families may need to access health care during a disaster, such as uniformed services ID cards, health records and prescription bottles. Contact numbers for health care support contractors can be found at www.tricare.mil/contacts.
Families with special needs should be sure to have extra supplies on hand or know where to get them. Disasters are a time when communications go down and emotions run high. Be sure to have your disaster kit well organized and well stocked before a disaster strikes.