NOAA predicts an active 2013 hurricane season


Hurricane Sandy (Credit: NOAA/NASA)The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting an active or extremely active hurricane season for 2013. NOAA’s Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook says there is a 70 percent likelihood of 13 to 20 named storms, of which seven to 11 could become hurricanes, including three to six major hurricanes (Category 3, 4, or 5, with winds of 111 mph or higher). This outlook does not predict the likelihood of hurricanes making landfall, but it’s nonetheless a reminder that vulnerable communities need to be prepared for potentially damaging and dangerous storms.

In anticipation of the active hurricane season, Foundation Beyond Belief is evaluating Atlantic emergency response organizations. In the event of a major hurricane, we will be ready to launch a Humanist Crisis Response program to support rescue and recovery efforts. Superstorm Sandy is fresh in our memories—if the 2013 hurricane season brings us similar storms, we will stand ready to help. Donations to the Humanist Crisis Response program will be continually forwarded directly to an organization working on the ground to assist families and communities in need.

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