Preparing Your Business for the 2024 Hurricane Season: What You Need to Know

As the 2024 hurricane season intensifies, it’s crucial for business leaders to stay informed and prepared. Colorado State University recently updated its forecast, predicting an even more active season than initially expected. With the National Hurricane Center’s forecasts and warnings readily available, there’s no better time than now to ensure your business is storm-ready.

Updated Hurricane Season Forecast

Colorado State University’s latest predictions highlight a significant increase in storm activity:

  • Named storms: Increased from 23 to 25 (1991-2020 average is 14.4)
  • Total hurricanes: Increased from 11 to 12 (1991-2020 average is 7.2)
  • Major hurricanes: Increased from five to six (1991-2020 average is 3.2)
  • Accumulated Cyclone Energy (ACE): Increased from 210 to 230 (1991-2020 average is 123)

Philip Klotzbach, an expert in Atlantic basin hurricane forecasts, attributes this heightened activity to the potential development of La Niña. La Niña typically leads to increased hurricane activity by reducing vertical wind shear in the Caribbean and tropical Atlantic. Additionally, the North Atlantic’s above-average warmth further fuels this active forecast.

Learnings from Hurricane Beryl

Hurricane Beryl’s impact earlier this season serves as a stark reminder of the potential devastation. Affecting Jamaica, Mexico, and Texas, Beryl left around 2.7 million Texans without power and posed significant tornado risks, even after being downgraded to a tropical storm.

Steps to Protect Your Business

Given these predictions, it’s imperative for business leaders to act swiftly. Here are some steps to safeguard your operations:

  1. Create a Comprehensive Plan: Develop a detailed hurricane preparedness plan that includes communication protocols, emergency contacts, and clear roles and responsibilities for your team.
  2. Migrate to the Cloud: Ensure your critical data is secure by migrating to cloud-based solutions. This not only protects against data loss but also allows for seamless access and recovery.
  3. Leverage Free Resources: Utilize free resources available on WheelHouse IT’s storm page to guide your preparedness efforts. From disaster recovery plans to cybersecurity measures, these tools can help fortify your business against storm-related disruptions.
  4. Stay Informed: Regularly monitor updates from the National Hurricane Center for the latest forecasts and warnings. Timely information can be crucial in making informed decisions during a storm.
  5. Invest in Backup Power Solutions: To mitigate the risk of power outages, consider investing in backup generators or uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) to keep essential operations running.

Final Thoughts

It’s never too late to start preparing for the hurricane season. By taking proactive steps now, you can ensure your business is resilient and ready to weather the storms ahead. For more detailed guidance and resources, visit our storm page.

Stay safe and prepared, and don’t hesitate to reach out to WheelHouse IT for assistance in protecting your business.

For official storm forecasts and warnings, visit the National Hurricane Center.


By preparing today, you can protect your business tomorrow. Let’s face the hurricane season together, with confidence and resilience.

Hurricane Beryl: A Wake-Up Call for Business Preparedness in the 2024 Hurricane Season

Hurricane Beryl, powerful storm swirling with clouds and rain.

This past weekend, Hurricane Beryl shattered records by becoming the first hurricane on record to reach Category 4 strength this early in the season. While projections suggest that Beryl will not pose a direct threat to the U.S., it serves as a stark reminder that the 2024 hurricane season is predicted to be highly unusual and particularly active. For business leaders, this unprecedented development underscores the urgent need for robust preparedness measures to ensure business continuity and safety.

The Importance of Early Preparation

The unpredictability and intensity of storms like Hurricane Beryl highlight the importance of early and thorough preparation. Waiting until a storm is imminent can leave businesses scrambling to safeguard their operations, employees, and assets. Here are key steps business leaders should take now to prepare for the 2024 hurricane season:

1. Review and Update Emergency Plans

Ensure that your business continuity and disaster recovery plans are up to date. This includes establishing clear communication channels, assigning responsibilities, and conducting regular drills to ensure all employees know their roles during an emergency.

2. Secure Your Data

Data is the lifeblood of modern businesses. Ensure that your data is backed up regularly and stored securely, preferably offsite or in the cloud. Implementing managed disaster recovery solutions can provide peace of mind that your data is safe even if physical locations are compromised.

3. Assess Physical Infrastructure

Evaluate the resilience of your physical locations. This includes reinforcing buildings, securing loose items that could become projectiles, and ensuring that your IT infrastructure is protected against flooding and power outages.

4. Equip Remote Work Capabilities

In the event of a hurricane, having the ability for employees to work remotely can keep operations running smoothly. Ensure that your team has access to necessary tools and that secure, reliable remote access systems are in place.

5. Establish Communication Protocols

Clear and effective communication is critical during a disaster. Develop and disseminate a communication plan that includes contact information for all employees, key stakeholders, and emergency services. Utilize multiple channels to ensure messages get through even if some systems fail.

6. Partner with Experts

Engaging with experienced IT service providers like WheelHouse IT can be invaluable. Our expertise in managed disaster recovery, data protection, and remote work solutions can help ensure that your business is prepared for any eventuality.

WheelHouse IT: Your Partner in Preparedness

At WheelHouse IT, we understand the challenges that businesses face during hurricane season. Our comprehensive suite of IT services is designed to help you maintain business continuity and protect your critical assets. From disaster recovery solutions to secure data backups and robust remote work capabilities, we are here to support you every step of the way.

Hurricane Beryl’s early arrival and unprecedented strength are clear indicators that the 2024 hurricane season will be one for the record books. By taking proactive steps now, you can ensure that your business is prepared to weather any storm. Don’t wait until it’s too late—contact WheelHouse IT today to learn how we can help you stay prepared and protected.

Stay Safe, Stay Prepared.

For more information on our services and how we can help your business, visit WheelHouse IT or call us at 954.474.2204 x 2.

Prepare Your Business for Hurricane Season: Atlantic Disturbance Updates and Key Precautions

As the Atlantic hurricane season progresses, business leaders must remain vigilant and prepared. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) recently designated a tropical disturbance, Invest 94L, as it moves through the Caribbean Sea. Another disturbance, Invest 95L, west of Africa, is also being closely monitored.

Invest 94L is currently producing disorganized shower activity as it moves quickly westward across the central Caribbean Sea. Although environmental conditions could become more conducive for development over the western Caribbean Sea or the southwestern Gulf of Mexico in the coming days, the NHC gives this disturbance a low chance of becoming a tropical storm. If it does develop, it will be named Beryl. However, high pressure over the southern U.S. and incoming Saharan dust are expected to limit its impact on the U.S. Gulf Coast, potentially bringing heavy rain to Central America and southern Mexico instead.

Invest 95L, located southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands, faces similar challenges from Saharan dust, which creates a dry and stable atmospheric layer, hindering storm development. Despite this, there is a medium chance for Invest 95L to develop into a tropical depression by the end of the week.

With 97% of the Atlantic hurricane season still ahead, it’s crucial for businesses to prepare for potential impacts. Here are some key steps to ensure your business is ready for hurricane season:

  1. Review and Update Your Disaster Recovery Plan: Ensure your business continuity and disaster recovery plans are up to date. This includes having backup systems in place and ensuring all critical data is securely stored and easily accessible.
  2. Secure Physical Assets: Protect your physical assets by reinforcing structures, securing loose items, and ensuring that any vulnerable equipment is safely stored.
  3. Communicate with Employees: Keep your employees informed about your hurricane preparedness plans. Ensure they know the procedures to follow before, during, and after a storm.
  4. Backup Power Supply: Invest in backup generators or alternative power sources to keep essential operations running during a power outage.
  5. Emergency Supplies: Stock up on emergency supplies, including water, non-perishable food, first-aid kits, and other essentials to support your team during a storm.
  6. Insurance Check: Review your insurance policies to ensure they cover potential hurricane-related damages and losses.

Remember, always follow the National Hurricane Center for official guidance and updates. Staying informed and prepared can make all the difference in ensuring the safety and resilience of your business during hurricane season. Stay safe and proactive!

Hurricane Season Starts Today – Is Your Business Protected?

a poster for the atlantic hurricane season

As June 1 marks the official start of hurricane season, business leaders must proactively protect their operations. The 2024 Atlantic hurricane season is predicted to be above normal, with an increased likelihood of more frequent and intense storms. According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC), this season could see 14-21 named storms, 6-10 hurricanes, and 3-6 major hurricanes (Category 3 or higher)​ (NOAA National Hurricane Center)​.

National Hurricane Center releases 2024 Atlantic hurricane season prediction.
National Hurricane Center releases 2024 Atlantic Hurricane Season prediction. Graphic provided by National Hurricane Center

Why Proactive Preparation is Crucial

Being proactive in your hurricane preparation can significantly reduce the risk of prolonged downtime and ensure the safety of your employees and assets. Here are some key steps to take:

1. Develop a Comprehensive Disaster Recovery Plan

A solid disaster recovery plan is the foundation of business continuity. This plan should cover:

  • Employee Safety Protocols: Ensure all employees know the evacuation routes, emergency contacts, and safety procedures.
  • Data Backup Solutions: Regularly back up critical business data to a secure, off-site location or cloud service.
  • Communication Strategies: Establish clear lines of communication to keep employees informed before, during, and after a hurricane.

2. Conduct Regular Drills and Training

Regular drills and training sessions can help employees become familiar with emergency procedures. These activities can identify potential weaknesses in your disaster recovery plan, allowing you to address them before a real emergency arises.

3. Secure Your Physical Premises

Protect your business’s physical assets by reinforcing windows and doors, securing loose items, and ensuring your building meets hurricane-resistant standards. Consider investing in surge protectors and backup generators to keep essential systems running during power outages.

4. Stay Informed with Reliable Sources

Staying informed about weather conditions and forecasts from reliable sources is crucial. Always follow the National Hurricane Center for official forecasts and guidance. Their updates provide critical information to help you make timely decisions to protect your business.

Utilize WheelHouse IT’s Storm Resources

At WheelHouse IT, we understand the importance of preparedness. Our Visit our Storm Preparedness Page offers a wealth of resources designed to help you prepare for hurricane season. From checklists to best practices, our resources can help you create a robust plan tailored to your business’s needs.

Conclusion

With the 2024 hurricane season predicted to be particularly active, now is the time to take proactive steps to protect your business. By developing a comprehensive disaster recovery plan, conducting regular drills, securing your premises, and staying informed, you can minimize the impact of a hurricane on your operations.

Visit our Storm Preparedness Page for more information and resources on preparing your business for hurricane season. Stay safe and prepared this hurricane season!


By following these guidelines and utilizing the resources provided by WheelHouse IT, you can ensure that your business remains resilient to hurricanes. Don’t wait until it’s too late—start your preparations today!

Stay Prepared: NHC Tracking 3 Tropical Waves Just Days Before Hurricane Season

Tropical Waves in the Atlantic

As the official start of the 2024 Atlantic Hurricane Season approaches, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) has already begun tracking three tropical waves. These disturbances are typical for this time of year and are the first we are seeing this season. One tropical wave is in the Caribbean, another near South America, and a third has just emerged off the coast of Africa. Although none show signs of immediate development, it’s essential to stay vigilant.

National Hurricane Center tracking 3 tropical waves

Understanding Tropical Waves

Tropical waves are areas of disturbed weather that usually originate from the coast of Africa and move westward, carried by trade winds. Each season, we can expect around 60 of these waves, some of which may develop into tropical storms or hurricanes. With the official start of the hurricane season just days away, forecasters predict an above-average season with numerous named storms, hurricanes, and major hurricanes. Major hurricanes are classified as Category 3 or higher, with winds exceeding 111 mph.

Factors Contributing to an Active Season

Forecasters attribute the predicted active season to two main factors: La Niña and record-warm waters in the Atlantic basin. Both conditions provide the necessary fuel for storm development, increasing the likelihood of a busy hurricane season. As of the latest update on May 28, the NHC is monitoring three tropical waves in the northern Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, and Gulf of Mexico.

Current Tropical Waves

  1. Tropical Wave 1: Located east of the Cape Verde Islands, moving west at 17 to 23 mph.
  2. Tropical Wave 2: Positioned in the Central Atlantic, extending north off the coast of Brazil. Moving west at about 17 mph.
  3. Tropical Wave 3: Found in the central Caribbean, north of the eastern tip of Cuba, moving west at 11 to 17 mph, bringing scattered showers to Hispaniola and nearby waters, including the Windward Passage.

Potential Impact and Preparedness

While it is too early to determine the potential impact of these tropical waves on Florida or the U.S., it is crucial for all residents and businesses to stay informed and prepared. This advice is particularly pertinent given the forecast for an active hurricane season.

Important Dates

  • Atlantic Hurricane Season: June 1 through November 30
  • Peak Hurricane Season: September 10, with the most activity typically occurring between mid-August and mid-October

Resources for Business Preparedness

At WheelHouse IT, we understand the importance of preparing for hurricane season. We invite business leaders to visit our Storm Resource page to download essential resources to help prepare their businesses. These resources include checklists, guides, and best practices to ensure your business can weather the storm effectively.

Always follow the National Hurricane Center for official storm forecasts and updates at NHC. Stay safe and proactive this hurricane season.


By keeping informed and prepared, your business can confidently navigate the challenges of the hurricane season. For more information and resources, don’t hesitate to contact WheelHouse IT.