Active Hurricane Season Predicted
June 1 is the start of hurricane season and according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is slated to be above-normal. NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center predicts between 13-19 named storms, 6-10 of which could become hurricanes with between 3-6 developing into major hurricanes (categories 3-5 with winds 111 mph or higher). This is much higher than the average of 12 named storms with 6 hurricanes including 3 major hurricanes. (Read full article)
Couple the busy hurricane season with the COVID-19 pandemic and you may need to make some adjustments to your emergency plan and preparedness kit. Consider purchasing a weather radio that is solar powered and has a hand crank for recharging. Having weather app on your smart phone or tablet and signing up for CodeRED alerts is also a good idea.
Here are some hurricane preparedness tips to consider:
- Hurricanes are not just a coastal problem, find out how rain, wind, water could happen where you live so you can start preparing now.
- Discuss your hurricane emergency plan with your household and the latest Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance on Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Have enough supplies for your household, include medication, disinfectant supplies, cloth face coverings, pet supplies in your go bag or car trunk.
- If you or anyone in your household is an individual with a disability identify if you may need additional help during an emergency.
- You may have to evacuate quickly due to a hurricane so make sure to know your local evacuation zone.
- Download the FEMA app and receive real-time alerts from the National Weather Service for up to five locations nationwide
- Review your insurance policies and make sure personal documents (like ID) are up to date.
- Prepare your business with a continuity plan to continue operating when disaster strikes.
Southern Rivers Energy constantly monitors severe weather patterns so we can be as prepared as possible to respond to outages quickly and efficiently but the more prepared you are, the easier it will be to weather an outage. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and visit southernriversenergy.com for helpful tips and updates.