NOAA officials warn above normal hurricane season expected

1 Jun 2013 | Lance Cpl. Jackeline M. Perez Rivera

The beginning of June marked the start of hurricane season throughout the Atlantic region. Hurricane season is a time when meteorologists and the general public prepare for the six-month period of potential storms and the impact a severe storm could bring.

While it is impossible to fully predict future weather conditions, meteorologists are predicting an above normal hurricane season this year, said John Cole, the warning coordination meteorologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration at Morehead City, N.C.

According to NOAA’s 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook, there is a 70 percent chance of 13 to 20 named storms, seven to 11 hurricanes and three to six major hurricanes.

The local area is vulnerable to hurricanes due to factors such as its coastal location. As storms draw near, a better idea can be formed of a hurricane’s impact, added Cole.

Hurricanes are known to ravage communities by destroying homes and businesses. In the past the tropical cyclones have devastated Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune and local communities.

Hurricane Bertha, in July of 1996, damaged more than 800 homes aboard base while the region sustained more than $100 million in damages, according to Bertha and Fran Coastal Carolina’s Stormy Summer of ‘96, a 1997 Jacksonville Daily News publication.

Hurricane Fran trampled the region two months later leaving an additional 4,000 homes aboard MCB Camp Lejeune damaged and costing the region more than $300 million, according to the same publication.

To prepare for the season, leaders aboard MCB Camp Lejeune held a town hall forum last week. Members of Onslow County’s emergency response and destructive weather programs and base officials presented information to members of the MCB Camp Lejeune community and answered questions.

Base officials are also preparing an upcoming annual destructive weather exercise in July where base personnel will run through emergency procedures.

Before a hurricane, the Federal Emergency Management Agency recommends making a plan and building an emergency kit, which should include items needed to survive for up to a week.

FEMA also recommends creating a communications plan so family members know how to reach each other in case of emergency.

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Hurricane Survival List

Food and water

Water – 1 gallon per day per person

(3-7 day supply)

Water purification kit or bleach

Pre-cooked, non perishable

foods, such as canned meats,

granola bars, instant soup and

cereals, etc.

Mess kits, or paper cups, plates and

plastic utensils

Non-electric can opener


Essential medications

FIrst aid kit and first aid book

Anti-bacterial hand wipes or gel

Baby supplies

Formula, bottle, pacifier, soap, baby

powder, clothing, blankets, baby

wipes, disposable diapers, canned

food and juices

Supplies and Special Items

Personal hygiene items such as tooth

brush, toothpaste, soap, deodorant,


Toilet paper, towelettes

Change of clothing, including sturdy


1 blanket or sleeping bag per


NOAA Weather Radio, portable

radio or portable TV and extra


Flashlight and extra batteries

Extra pair of eye glasses or contacts

Extra house and car keys

Fire extinguisher – ABC-type

Cash and change, checkbook and

credit cards

Important Documents

Mortgage insurance

Birth certificates

Social Security cards


Tax information

Bank information

List of famiy physicians

List of important family information,

such as style and serial number of

medical devices like pacemakers

Video or picture inventory of

household items.


Food, water, leash and carrier

Vaccination records

Important Emergency Phone Numbers

Automated Information System


American Red Cross


MCCS Headquarters




Game Warden


DoD Domestic Dependent Elementary & Secondary Schools


Base Maintenance (Emergency Repairs)


PMO Desk Sergeant


Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune (Communications)


Emergency Shelters

Lejeune High School, Building 835

835 Stone Street, Camp Lejeune, N.C., 28547

Brewster Middle School, Building 883

883 Stone Street, Camp Lejeune, N.C., 28547

Tarawa Terrace II Elementary School, Building TT-84

84 Iwo Jima Boulevard, Tarawa Terrace, N.C., 28543