2016 Hurricane Season Begins Today
Hurricane season is here again and with it the promise of more rain, potential flooding and major storms. On average we see approximately 12 named storms, 6 hurricanes and 3 category three or higher storms each season. This season it is predicted that the frequency and severity of the storms will be greater than the previous year (An interesting article on the 2016 Hurricane Season by Weather.com supports this conclusion).
Gerry Bell, Ph.D., from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts the outline and said, “…a near-normal prediction for this season suggests we could see more hurricane activity than we’ve seen in the last three years, which were below normal.”(1)
Many people don’t realize that there has already been a hurricane in 2016. Remember Hurricane Alex back in January of this year? And so we are off to a good head start as far as hurricanes are concerned, if we can call it a “good” start. With hurricane season upon us there are some things that everyone should do to be prepared for the risks associated with hurricanes.
The Names of the 2016 Players
This year hosts a new set of actors that could likely hit the Atlantic stage. The first on the list we just discussed.
How to Prepare for the 2016 Hurricane Season
For any storm season, you want to enter the season fully prepared. Understand that you are not the only one that will be scrambling to get out of the path of a hurricane. You will recall in late September of 2005 the reports of Hurricane Rita (a category 5 monster hurricane) was headed straight for Galveston. More than a million commuters evacuated the Texas Gulf Coast which produced gridlock traffic conditions. And so having multiple evacuation routes and a good sense of alternate routes is important. Your also may need to prepare by having materials on hand to board up your home or property. Of course having tools, supplies, batteries, flashlights, and first aid supplies are equally important. In addition have plenty of non-perishable food items and fresh water on hand.
When a watch or warning is issued make sure that if you live in low lying areas you find a suitable place to evacuate to. Protect your windows with plywood or storm shutters. Be sure to secure things in your yard that might become airborne in high winds. Makes sure that you always have plenty of fuel on hand in case you must immediately evacuate. Don’t forget to have enough food and water on hand for your entire family for several day. Another often overlooked consideration is your furry four-legged friends and other pets. You will want to make sure that you have supplies for them as well. If evacuation orders are given, prepare to evacuate immediately.
If you are forced to ride out a hurricane be sure to stay in a secure room, away from windows. If you have prepared sufficiently, you will be able to use your weather radio to monitor the weather and stay abreast to civil service bulletins and NOAA updates. As the storm passes over there may be a quell in the activity, this may give a false sense of security if you are in the eye of the storm. Do not venture out of your home during this time. The back part of the storm, often referred to as the dirty side of the storm because of all of the debris the storm has picked up, will soon hit. Stay safe and ride out the storm. Once the storm passes be careful exiting your home. If medical attention is needed seek immediate attention. Keep in mind that the storm may have produced flooding and downed power lines. Always be cautious when traveling in any area after a hurricane or major storm. Above all, be patient. It could take a while for things to return to normal.
After a hurricane you will likely have damages to your home. In some cases your home may appear completely unscathed, but you have to keep in mind that the high winds that are associated with a hurricane may have damaged your shingles, bending them up and cracking them. When the wind stops the shingles may go back down; however, they are likely torn. A trained eye can evaluate this and tell you if you have any real damages. In any event, it is always good to contact a public adjuster after a major storm, if only to evaluate your property and tell you if you have a need to file a claim. Remember, they are experienced in seeing things that the common person might very well overlook.
If you need assistance after a hurricane, please contact A Public Adjuster Group. Our licensed state public adjusters can help you get more on your insurance claim than you may be able to get on your own. A Public Adjuster Group works for you and not the insurance company and are usually paid based on a percentage of what they are able to get you on your insurance claim.