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BBF is Prepared For Hurricane Season, Are You?

Hurricane season has arrived—and predictions are indicating a busy year. Researchers at Colorado State University are forecasting an exceptionally active hurricane season for 2024 with 23 named storms. A typical season produces only 14 named storms, and if experts’ predictions are correct, this year may be one of the most active hurricane seasons on record.

Water temperatures in the “tropical Atlantic,” the region where storms are most likely to form, are the warmest they’ve been in a decade, creating a more conducive environment for hurricane formation. Meanwhile, cooler-than-normal water temperatures in the central and eastern Pacific Ocean are likely to create La Niña, a weather pattern that increases the chances of tropical cyclones.

Federal weather forecasters say there is an 85% chance of La Niña forming by late fall and a 69% chance of it developing by the summer. If La Nina does arrive during the summer, hurricane season, which peaks in September and lasts until November 30, will likely increase in severity. 

While no one knows the exact number of storms that will arrive this year, one thing remains certain: the best way to combat a disaster is through preparation.

Actions to take at the start of hurricane season

  • Assemble a kit with flashlights, a battery-operated radio, a first aid kit, and enough non-perishable food and water to last several days. include spare batteries for flashlights and the radio.
  • Discuss an emergency plan with your family. Choose a location outside your neighborhood to meet up. Place written evacuation and communication plans inside emergency kits.
  • Practice going through your emergency plan until your family feels confident they can evacuate should the group be separated in the days and hours up before a storm.
  • Protect your home by removing outdoor furniture and grills from your backyard. Cover doors and windows with storm shutters or plywood. Check batteries in carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Plan ahead by filling your car’s gas tank.
  • Pay attention to updates from local authorities. Evacuation may be mandatory.

Help others weather the storm.

100% of donations to BBF’s USA Disaster Response Fund are used to support emergency relief and logistics.

Teaming Up For Disaster Prep

The University of Pittsburgh Football team visited BBF’s warehouse to take part in their annual Day of Service. The team’s third year volunteering didn’t disappoint—players assembled more than 300 hygiene kits that will be sent to communities impacted by natural disasters in the upcoming hurricane season. Each hygiene kit contains everyday necessities such as soap, tissues, a toothbrush, wipes, feminine hygiene products and wipes.

To learn more about volunteer opportunities at BBF visit brothersbrother.org/volunteer.

BBF Responds to War in the Middle East

BBF Global Relief has given grants to support four on-the-ground humanitarian organizations responding to the war in the Middle East.

Friends of Rambam Association 

Rambam Hospital is treating injured patients and soldiers from all over Israel. A grant from BBF has helped the hospital acquire essential medical equipment needed to expand its underground emergency hospital.

IsraAID

BBF gave a grant to IsraAID to provide psychosocial support to displaced families and communities affected by the war.  The funds have helped establish child-friendly spaces and train psychosocial support specialists on emergency-specific methodologies of intervention.

ANERA

In Gaza, BBF’s grant to ANERA (American Near East Refugee Aid) has provided hot meals, food parcels, hygiene kits, shelter cleanings, and medical donations to displaced persons.

Life for Relief and Development

A grant from BBF Global Relief provided food baskets and hot meals to Gazans amid ongoing food shortages. Additional work includes providing tents and latrines in refugee camps.

Help civilians in Israel and Gaza by donating to BBF’s Middle East Crisis fund.

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