CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
H.Res. 387 is being considered on the floor under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. This legislation was introduced by Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) on April 30, 2009.
H.Res. 387 resolves that the House of Representatives:
• "supports the goals and ideals of National Hurricane Preparedness Week;
• "encourages the staff of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, especially the National Weather Service and the National Hurricane Center, and other appropriate Federal agencies, to continue their outstanding work of educating people in the United States about hurricane preparedness; and
• "urges the people of the United States to recognize such a week as an opportunity to learn more about the work of the National Hurricane Center in forecasting hurricanes and educating citizens about the potential risks of the storms."
The Atlantic and central Pacific hurricane season begins June 1, 2009, and ends November 30, 2009, and the eastern Pacific hurricane season runs from May 15, 2009, through November 30, 2009. An average of 11 tropical storms develop per year over the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean Sea, and the Gulf of Mexico, and an average of 6 of these storms become hurricanes. In an average three-year period, roughly five hurricanes strike the coastlines of the United States.