Pontchartrain Conservancy and NOLA Ready will host Storm Aware & Prepare from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, May 28, at Pontchartrain Conservancy’s New Canal Lighthouse, 8001 Lakeshore Dr., where residents can get free hurricane preparedness supplies, including food kits, solar lights and more. Organizers will also be on hand, providing information and hurricane season readiness tips.

This family-friendly event will feature refreshments for both parents and children as community members are encouraged to pick up supplies ahead of hurricane season that begins on June 1.

As some across the region are still recovering from last year’s Hurricane Ida, forecasters are predicting an above-normal hurricane season for 2022, with the Gulf of Mexico warmer than usuals. The forecasted prediction includes 19 named storms, exceeding the average of 14.4, and 90 named storm days, exceeding the average of 69.4, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The probability of U.S. major hurricane landfall is estimated to be about 135 percent of the long-period average, according to the CSU. Major hurricanes pack winds of a minimum of 111 miles per hour.

NOLA Ready offers several tips for preparing and planning for hurricane season.

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