WASHINGTON, May 31 /PRNewswire/ -- On the eve of what is predicted to be one of the worst Atlantic hurricane seasons
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"Families need to put together a plan now," says John Sanbrailo, PADF's executive director. "A few simple steps will make a difference, possibly even save lives, when the wind, rain and flooding hits a community."
Forecasters anticipate up to 23 named storms this season, with as many as 14 hurricanes, in the Atlantic. Of that, the region could see up to seven major hurricanes, which have winds of at least 111 miles per hour, according to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
PADF has responded to hurricanes, earthquakes and floods, as well provided humanitarian assistance, in Latin America and the Caribbean for nearly 50 years. It works with authorities, companies and community groups to reduce the risks of natural disasters. (www.PanAmericanRelief.org)
Since a family may have to evacuate their home for an extended period of time, an emergency plan should contain the following:
"While our region is no stranger to the damages caused by the wind, rain and flooding of a hurricane, we are surprised how few people plan for a disaster," says Sanbrailo. "Many times, the tools they need to make a plan are in their homes and community. Please seek them out."
When a natural disaster strikes in Latin America or the Caribbean, PADF accepts donations from individuals and companies to help relieve the suffering of the survivors. Donors are encouraged to call toll-free (877) 572-4484 or to visit www.PanAmericanRelief.org.
PADF is a non-profit, nongovernmental organization established in 1962 to promote, facilitate, and implement social and economic development in Latin America and the Caribbean. In the past year, it had more than 5.6 million beneficiaries in 18 countries. PADF is also the natural disaster relief arm of the Organization of American States (OAS). (www.PanAmericanRelief.org)
Its headquarters is in Washington, D.C., and has field offices in Haiti, Colombia, the Dominican Republic and elsewhere. www.padf.org
SOURCE Pan American Development Foundation
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