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The NOAA, or National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, is anticipating another active Atlantic hurricane season in 2021. The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1st to November 30th, and the Eastern Pacific hurricane season runs from May 15th to November 30th. According to their Climate Prediction Center, "forecasters predict a 60% chance of an above-normal season, a 30% chance of a near-normal season, and a 10% chance of a below-normal season".
As the hurricane season begins, it is essential that your team knows what to do during a hurricane. Hurricane contingency plans and hurricane preparedness are essential for businesses small and large that can be adversely affected by a major storm. The main goal, as you plan for a hurricane, is to ensure your business operations can continue if or when a hurricane hits the area. A good hurricane plan is one that is easy to follow and understand for the entire organization.
Although planning can be time consuming and overwhelming at times, we have broken down five tips to help simplify the process and to get you started.
Now that you have some direction on your contingency planning, let's quickly review the hurricane categories. As you may be aware, hurricanes are categorized on a scale with a rating of 1 to 5. In short, the numbers represent the hurricane's maximum sustained wind speed, with a category 1 topping out at 95 mph and a category 5 reaching 157 mph and higher. Additionally, these categories give a good indication of potential property damage that may occur. However, the scale is focused solely on those wind speeds and does not take into account flooding, tornadoes, or storm surges that are a result of many hurricanes. Regardless of the category, when a hurricane evacuation order is given, it must be taken very seriously, and you should follow the recommended orders.
Mobile Air & Power Rentals, with locations in hurricane prone areas nationwide, helps businesses prepare and respond to hurricane disasters. Whether you are proactively creating your hurricane contingency plan or immediately require a disaster response, we are ready to assist. Contact us today or call 888-305-3038, 24/7, to discuss your hurricane contingency planning needs.