It’s that time of the year! With hurricane season looming (June 1 – November 30), we already have a good idea of what’s shaping up for our storm outlook in 2017 and how it’s compared to recent summers past.
According to The Weather Channel, we can look forward to a slightly busier than average hurricane season, with 14 named storms (2 more than the 30-year average of 12 — we already have one in 2017!), 7 hurricanes and 3 storms Category 3 or higher on the Saffir-Simpson scale. These numbers are higher than projections set just a month ago in April. This is due to warmer northern Atlantic sea-surface temperatures, and the diminished potential for El Niño to develop later in the summer.
Though it seems like the weather in our region is always a wildcard, it never hurts to be prepared! Tropical storms and hurricanes have caused devastating damage to our region. Hazards associated with large summer storms include inland flooding, coastal storm surges, strong winds, and tornadoes.
Laying in a stockpile of disaster supplies well in advance of impending storms will ensure the basic needs of you and your family are met in the event of lengthy power outages or temporary relocation. Your disaster kit should minimally include bottled water and food for each member of your family for one week, a supply of prescription drugs, a NOAA radio and fresh batteries, and some cash.
Securing your property is also essential when a hurricane is impending. Taking basic steps around the house such as trimming back overhanging or broken tree limbs, ensuring outdoor patio furniture is secured or brought indoors, and keeping gutters and downspouts cleared are small steps you can take that can prevent collateral damage to life and property during a summer storm or hurricane.
Lastly– ensure you have a plan in place for when a storm is on the way! Now is the time to do it. There are several resources available online to assist you for preparing to keep you, your family and your property as safe as possible:
- WeatherReady Nation: A series of modules presented by NOAA and Raytheon for kids that teaches about how to be prepared in the event of various weather scenarios and how to help your family come up with a disaster-preparedness plan
- FLASH Hurricane Safety: Resources from the Federal Alliance of Safe Homes that explain the basics of hurricanes, how to assemble a disaster kit, how to come up with a Family Disaster Plan, and much more.
- READY Make A Plan: A US Department of Homeland Security resource that explains the necessity for forming an emergency communication plan, as well as tips for creating your own.
- Tri State Restorations: Your trusted, local source for same-day property recovery and restoration following a storm or any traumatic disaster.