Are You Prepared?

Sep 21, 2020

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Are You Prepared?

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Are you prepared for hurricane season? Read our tips for getting prepared and learn how your OnStar Advisor can help!

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Are you prepared for hurricane season? Read our tips for getting prepared and learn how your OnStar Advisor can help!

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The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is shaping up to be a dangerous one. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) forecasts an “extremely active” hurricane season for the Atlantic Basin, with an expected 19 to 25 named tropical storms, 7 to 11 hurricanes and as many as 3 to 6 major hurricanes. Those are above-average numbers for hurricane season, which NOAA defines as lasting from June 1 through November 30.

While tropical storms primarily affect the Gulf Coast and Eastern Seaboard, many parts of the country also experience heavy rains and floods each year as a result of hurricanes and other severe weather. That’s why it’s so important for everyone to be ready for potential storms.

Crisis Assist Is Here to Help

In any weather-related emergency, specially trained OnStar Advisors are available 24/7 to help Members. They can provide driving directions away from the storm, help find resources like fuel or hotel rooms, or connect you to loved ones. You can also push the blue OnStar button to contact them for up-to-date information about the crisis, but if you’re ever in danger, always push your red Emergency button. As a Member, you get Crisis Assist*16a services as part of the OnStar Safety & Security Plan.*4

Get Ready and Prepare Now

The 2019 Atlantic hurricane season produced 18 named tropical storms, including six hurricanes, of which three were classified as major: Dorian, Humberto and Lorenzo. An average hurricane season includes 12 named storms, six total hurricanes and three major hurricanes. Hurricanes classified as Category 3, 4 or 5 are considered major because their higher wind speeds mean a higher potential for significant damage and loss of lives. With the devastating impacts of the 2019 hurricane season, and a likelihood of more severe storms this year, it’s smart to revisit your disaster plans and prepare now.

The following tips will help you get started:

  • Plan to receive emergency alerts and warnings from multiple sources (TV, radio, cell phone).
  • Build an emergency kit and be sure to pack these must-have items in your vehicle.    
  • Help protect yourself and your family by creating a family communications plan.
  • Know the risks of your surrounding area. Are you in a flood-prone area?
  • Create an evacuation plan. Where do you plan to go if you need to evacuate?
  • Make sure your plan accounts for any specific needs for your family.
  • Identify how you can register in your community if your family has specific needs, and then register.
  • Download the Guardian app so you can have access to key OnStar safety services, even when you’re not in your vehicle.
  • Have a plan to care for any pets.
  • Know the emergency plans at your work and your children’s schools.
  • Familiarize yourself with how Crisis Assist can help.
  • Finally, practice your plan with your family.

Additional Resources, a national public service campaign created by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and FEMA, offers detailed guidance on how to prepare for a hurricane and other disasters.