The NOAA Climate Prediction Center expects the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season to be near normal. What that suggests is that this season, which began on June 1 and extends through November 30, will bring 10-16 named storms. Of those, 4-8 could become hurricanes, with 1-4 growing to major hurricane status (winds of 111 mph or stronger).

Already this year we’ve seen 4 named storms, including Colin and Danielle in June – the earliest third and fourth storms on record in the Atlantic. This doesn’t necessarily indicate a more active season, but it does remind us that we need to be prepared at all times.

Hurricane Preparedness

NOAA suggests these practices to ensure you’re prepared for hurricanes and severe storms:

Now

  • Re-read your insurance policy. Know what is covered and what isn’t, how much your deductible is, and who to contact in case you ever need to file a claim.
  • Store non-perishable food and drinking water. Severe storms can hinder your access to roadways, which can keep you from grocery stores. Power failures at water treatment plants can compromise water quality.
  • Check flashlights and generators. Be sure they are in good working condition and keep extra batteries on hand.
  • If you keep a boat at or near the coast, decide where you will move it if necessary.
  • Learn all official evacuation routes inland.
  • Trim trees and shrubs to minimize damage from falling or flying branches.

When a watch is posted in your area

  • Tune to radio or TV news, or a NOAA weather radio for official updates
  • Fill your vehicle fuel tanks
  • Withdraw some extra cash in case a power failure disables ATMs
  • Stock up on first aid supplies and medications
  • Secure outdoor objects such as garbage cans, patio furniture, and toys that could become projectiles in heavy winds

When a warning is posted in your area

  • Pay close attention to news outlets and weather radio for official bulletins
  • Close storm shutters or cover windows with plywood
  • Don’t stay in a mobile or manufactured home which could sustain severe damage during the storm
  • Obey commands from local officials – evacuate immediately if ordered
  • Notify neighbors and family of your evacuation plan so they are able to reach you if needed
  • If you do evacuate, don’t return until the area is declared safe by local officials

Read these tips for preparing a hurricane survival kit

When a hurricane, tropical storm, or other severe weather strikes, property damage can be extensive. If it happens to you, Disaster One can restore your property to its pre-loss condition.

Our emergency response team mobilizes whenever severe weather threatens, and you can call on us 24/7/365 at 800-277-4787.

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