“All it takes is one storm:” Preparing for the 2021 hurricane season

While you’re prepping the outside of your home, go ahead and inspect any land that’s on your...
While you’re prepping the outside of your home, go ahead and inspect any land that’s on your property. Things like dead trees and limbs can quickly become a hazard with strong winds.(Branden Walker)
Updated: May. 11, 2021 at 7:27 PM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - The 2021 hurricane season officially begins June 1, just 20 days away. Now is the time to get ready.

This week marks Hurricane Preparedness Week, an opportunity to plan for whatever brews in the coming months. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, there are a number of steps you and your family can take ahead of the expected above-average season:

  • Determine your risk
  • Develop an evacuation plan
  • Assemble disaster supplies
  • Strengthen your home
  • Make sure insurance is updated
  • Check on your neighbor
  • Write out your emergency plans

KSLA First Alert Chief Meteorologist Jeff Castle says the impending hurricane season is expected to be more active than usual. However, what matters isn’t the number of storms named, but the ones that actually make landfall.

“It just takes that one storm like we did with Laura last year to have a big impact,” said Castle. “You can have a hurricane season with very few named storms but is very high impact.”

Since the ArkLaTex is not a coastal region, Castle said major structural damage isn’t of significant concern. However, he warns those living near trees to remain vigilant during severe weather.

“When you’re talking about winds 60 to 70 miles per hour and you have a lot of trees around your property, you can pretty well expect that some of those are going to come down.”

Make sure you have the KSLA First Alert Weather app downloaded to track storms in real time with our meteorologists.

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