WASHINGTON, April 28, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The North Atlantic hurricane season begins on June 1 and lasts through Nov. 30. The U.S. Census Bureau produces timely local statistics that are critical to emergency planning, preparedness and recovery efforts. The growth in population of coastal areas illustrates the importance of emergency planning and preparedness for areas that are more susceptible to inclement weather conditions. The Census Bureau's rich, local economic and demographic statistics from the American Community Survey gives communities a detailed look at neighborhood-level statistics for real-time emergency planning for the nation's growing coastal population.
Emergency planners and community leaders can better assess the needs of coastal populations using Census Bureau statistics. This Facts for Features edition highlights the number of people living in areas that could be most affected by these acts of nature. The statistics in the Emergency Preparedness section of this Facts for Features are released jointly with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
5 The number of types of weather-related events — hurricanes and tropical storms, wildfires, flood outlook areas, disaster declaration areas and winter storms — that the Census Bureau's OnTheMap for Emergency Management tool tracks. OnTheMap for Emergency Management provides reports on the workforce and population for current natural hazard and emergency related events. Source: OnTheMap for Emergency Management http://onthemap.ces.census.gov/em.html
11 The number of years since the U.S. was struck by a major hurricane (Category 3 or higher). The last one was Hurricane Wilma in October 2005 over Southwest Florida. Source: NOAA's National Hurricane Center http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/outreach/history/
Get more information about tropical storms, emergency preparedness and the latest forecasts from NOAA's National Hurricane Center at: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/
Statistics Released Jointly with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
51.5% The percentage of U.S. homes that have a prepared emergency evacuation kit. The level of preparedness varies by metro area, with about 70 percent of households in the Miami and Tampa, Fla., metro areas having emergency supplies readily available in the event of an evacuation. The Austin (Texas), Chicago and Minneapolis metro areas had among the lowest rate of homes with an emergency preparedness kit. The rates for Austin, Chicago and Minneapolis were not significantly different from one another. Source: 2013 American Housing Survey http://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2015/cb15-61.html
69.7% The percentage of homes where the occupants said they would likely stay with relatives or friends during a two-week evacuation to a safe place that was at least 50 miles away. This was followed by staying at a hotel or motel (18.1 percent) or public shelter (4.1 percent). Source: 2013 American Housing Survey http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/AHS/2013/S06AO
Alex The name of the first Atlantic storm of 2016. Hurricane names rotate in a six-year cycle with the 2016 list being a repeat of the 2010 names. The names Igor and Tomas were retired from the 2010 list and were replaced with Ian and Tobias. Source: NOAA's National Hurricane Center http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/aboutnames.shtml
78 The number of Atlantic hurricane and tropical cyclone names officially retired by the World Meteorological Organization. Although hurricane names are recycled every six years, for reasons of sensitivity, hurricanes and tropical storms that were so deadly and costly that re-use of the name would be considered inappropriate are retired. Source: NOAA's National Hurricane Center http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/aboutnames_history.shtml
2005 In one of the busiest Atlantic hurricane seasons on record, 28 named storms formed, forcing use of the alternate Greek alphabet scheme for the first time. When the National Hurricane Center's list of 21 approved names runs out for the year, hurricanes are named after Greek letters. Of the 28 named storms in 2005, 15 were hurricanes in which seven were major (Category 3 or higher). Four hurricanes reached Category 5 status (Emily, Katrina, Rita and Wilma). Source: NOAA's Atlantic Oceanography and Meteorological Laboratory http://www.aoml.noaa.gov/hrd/tcfaq/J6.html
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African-American History Month (February) Super Bowl (1st Sunday in February) Valentine's Day (Feb. 14) Women's History Month (March) Irish-American Heritage Month (March)/ St. Patrick's Day (March 17) Earth Day (April 22) Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month (May) Older Americans Month (May) Mother's Day (2nd Sunday in May) Hurricane Season Begins (June 1) Father's Day (3rd Sunday in June) The Fourth of July (July 4) Anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act (July 26) Back to School (August) Labor Day (1st Monday in September) Grandparents Day (1st Sunday after Labor Day) Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15) Unmarried and Single Americans Week (3rd week of September) Halloween (Oct. 31) American Indian/Alaska Native Heritage Month (November) Veterans Day (Nov. 11) Thanksgiving Day (4th Thursday in November) The Holiday Season (December)
Editor's note: The preceding data were collected from a variety of sources and may be subject to sampling variability and other sources of error. Facts for Features are customarily released about two months before an observance in order to accommodate magazine production timelines.