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Be Prepared: An Active Hurricane Season Is Ahead

As the Atlantic hurricane season approaches, starting June 1, staying prepared and informed is crucial. With ocean temperatures at record highs and a possible La Niña event, experts are predicting an exceptionally active season, potentially featuring twice the average number of named storms.

Why This Season Could Be Different The combination of record-warm Atlantic waters and the shifting climate patterns, including La Niña, are setting the stage for increased hurricane activity. Warm ocean waters act as fuel for hurricanes, enhancing their strength and frequency. Additionally, La Niña typically reduces wind shear in the Atlantic, which can otherwise disrupt storm formation, thereby facilitating more and stronger hurricanes.

What to Expect Forecasts suggest a 70% more active season than usual, with up to 23 named storms. This could surpass the standing record of named storms, indicating an intense season ahead. Organizations like Colorado State University and notable meteorologists expect significant activity, with a high chance of major hurricanes hitting the United States.

As we approach an active hurricane season, it’s essential for businesses to implement robust preparedness strategies:

  1. Structural Fortification:
    • Upgrade Infrastructure: Invest in hurricane-proof modifications such as impact-resistant windows and storm shutters to protect your premises.
    • Roof Security: Ensure your building’s roof is secured with hurricane ties to prevent significant wind damage, which is a common issue during storms.
    • Debris Management: Conduct regular inspections and maintenance around your property to remove or secure potential debris that could become hazardous in high winds.
  2. Flood Mitigation Strategies:
    • Flood Risk Assessment: Determine if your business location is in a flood-risk area by consulting local flood maps. Make necessary adjustments to your infrastructure to mitigate flooding risks.
    • Evacuation Plan: Develop a clear evacuation route and strategy for all employees. Ensure this plan is well-communicated and rehearsed regularly.
    • Critical Equipment Protection: Elevate critical machinery and electrical equipment above potential flood levels to prevent water damage.
  3. Business Continuity Planning:
    • Emergency Supplies: Create an emergency supply kit including essential items such as flashlights, batteries, first aid supplies, and non-perishable food for essential staff who may need to remain on-site.
    • Data Protection: Regularly back up all critical business data to secure, remote locations to ensure business operations can continue with minimal disruption.
    • Communication Plan: Establish a reliable communication plan to keep in touch with employees, customers, and suppliers during and after a hurricane. This should include alternative communication methods in case traditional systems fail.

For more detailed guidelines and to ensure your business is as prepared as possible, visit our Storm Resource Page. Proactive preparation can significantly reduce the impact of hurricanes on your operations and help ensure a quicker recovery post-storm.

Stay Informed Always refer to the National Hurricane Center for the most accurate and up-to-date information regarding weather updates and storm tracking.

By taking proactive steps now, you can ensure that you, your family, and your business are better protected against the inevitable challenges posed by hurricane season. Don’t wait until a storm is on your doorstep to start preparing; the time to act is now.

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