NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, issued their 2013 forecast for hurricane season in the northern hemisphere - and it's an active one. They're predicting up to 20 storms deserving of a name, up to 11 of which will develop into actual hurricanes.
The scary news is they predict 3-6 of these hurricanes will be what they label "major" - a Catergory 3 or higher on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale. This prediction is above the norm for this year.
And although last month's Tropical Storm Andrea thankfully didn't claim any lives (that we heard of) it did spawn ten associated tornadoes and dump over a foot of rain in some spots. So even tropical storms are worth having an evacuation plan!
That's why we thought the Petfinder's Summer Infographic series was worth passing along to you.
We especially like the subtitle of this one:
We also feel this reinforces last Monday's post about the importance of microchipping. You cannot predict when tragedy might strike, and microchip databases are fantastic places to input important veterinary and medical information, too.
Personally, we think these would make great posters for shelters, as well as library and pet store bulletin boards along the coasts and in places most commonly in the path of hurricanes. If you are in such a location, why not suggest these?