One of the few things that COVID-19 has not disrupted is the start of the 2020 hurricane season. This is not the normalcy we want to be reminded of in the midst of a global pandemic, but with a busier than average storm season upon us, preparation is more important this year than ever.
Hurricane season runs June 1 through November 30. Fortunately, our first named storm of the season, Arthur, came and went without making much of an impact. Unfortunately, more storms are coming, increasing the likelihood of sustaining damage at a time when most cannot afford it.
Meteorologists from the National Hurricane Center, Colorado State University and IBM’s The Weather Company, among others, are calling for 18 named storms; nine of them hurricanes, with four expected to be Category 3 or higher. That’s significantly higher than a typical season, which delivers 13 named storms, on average. If the models are correct, and they often are, the U.S. is in for one of the most active hurricane seasons in recent history.
Sentinel’s advice is this: be prepared and have a plan in place to protect your life, personal assets and business income. Be familiar and understand the hurricane terminology (watch-warning-advisory) that will help you know when and how to deploy emergency and continuity plans. A hurricane watch indicates the possibility that a region could experience hurricane conditions within 48 hours. A hurricane warning indicates that sustained winds of at least 74 miles per hour are expected within 36 hours.
Being armed with this information and actively engaging a specific hurricane preparedness plan will go a long way toward mitigating losses and reducing your risk.
I recommend this checklist as part of your 2020 hurricane preparation and planning: Hurricane Preparedness Checklist 2020