It may be time to make sure your meeting contingency plans are in order. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting another active hurricane season, following a year that was one of the worst on record.

The 2005 Atlantic hurricane season contained a record 28 storms, including 15 hurricanes that battered coastlines ranging from Texas in the Southwest, to the Carolinas along the Atlantic Coast. NOAA is predicting 13 to 16 named storms will hit the North Atlantic this year, with eight to 10 becoming hurricanes, four to six of which will be major. While not as severe as 2005 (which included a record four major hurricanes that struck the United States) if the 2006 season is as active as the NOAA predicts, it will far surpass the typical hurricane season which would produce 11 named storms, just two of which would become major storms.

During a press conference on Monday, May 22, Deputy Secretary of Commerce, David Sampson warned residents in hurricane prone areas that “the impact from these storms extends well beyond coastal areas, so it is vital that residents … get ready in advance of the hurricane season.”

The Hurricane Insurance Information Center called the 2005 hurricane season the worst on record, with 14 hurricanes causing $46 billion in insured losses in the United States. The bulk of that was caused by Hurricane Katrina, which devastated New Orleans and much of the Gulf Coast.