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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 2021 Atlantic hurricane season is likely to be a dangerous one. Though this year is not forecast to be as severe as the record-breaking 2020 season, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) forecasts an “above normal” hurricane season for the Atlantic Basin, with an expected 13 to 20 named tropical storms, 6 to 10 hurricanes and as many as 3 to 5 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, OnStar Emergency-Certified Advisors*64 are available 24/7 to help Members. They can provide driving directions away from the storm, help find scarce resources like fuel or hotel rooms, or connect you to loved ones. You can also push the blue OnStar button to contact OnStar Advisors 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 And, if you’re outside of your vehicle, you can use the OnStar Guardian™ app to contact an OnStar Advisor right from your phone.

So far, 2021 has seen multiple weather disasters, including deadly Winter Storm Uri in February; deadly tornado outbreaks, flash flooding, and record-setting snowfall in March; and a record-setting heat wave in the Pacific Northwest in June.

Get Ready and Prepare Now

The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season produced 30 named tropical storms, including 13 hurricanes, of which six were classified as major. That was the most named tropical storms on record and the second highest number of hurricanes on record, according to NOAA. An average hurricane season includes 14 named storms, seven total hurricanes and three major hurricanes, according to NOAA’s most recent definitions.

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 2020 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, 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.
  • Follow OnStar on Twitter. During a crisis, we share real-time updates and key information via Twitter to help those in the affected area find resources and keep up with the latest news.
  • 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

Ready.gov, 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.