The 2022 Atlantic hurricane season officially begins June 1. But forecasters at Accuweather already expect the season to be above-normal in terms of storm activity, continuing a streak of such seasons.
Accuweather’s tropical weather forecasters are predicting 16-20 named storms this season, with six to eight hurricanes — three to five of which are forecast to be Category 3 or stronger.
In 2020, there were a record 30 named storms during the Atlantic hurricane season; 2021 was the third most active year on record with 21 storms.
Fortunately for many of those affected by those storms, The American Legion’s National Emergency Fund (NEF) was available for assistance.
The NEF is available to help American Legion members and posts, and Sons of The American Legion members, who have been impacted by declared natural disasters.
The NEF provides up to $3,000 for American Legion and Sons of The American Legion members with an active membership who have been displaced due to damages to their primary residence, and up to $10,000 for posts that have been damaged by a natural disaster and whose programs and activities within the community are impacted.
The program began in 1969 as a one-time effort in the wake of Hurricane Camille, which devastated the Gulf Coast – primarily Mississippi, and parts of Louisiana and Alabama. NEF was resurrected in 1989 when Hurricane Hugo pummeled the Carolinas and Puerto Rico, and since then has provided more than $8 million in direct financial assistance to American Legion and Sons members, and American Legion posts.
NEF relies on donations to help Legionnaires, posts and Sons recover from disaster. One hundred percent of donations to the NEF directly help veterans and their families recover from natural disasters.
To donate to the NEF, click here.
Apply for an NEF grant by visiting legion.org/emergency/apply.