2021 Hurricane Season Starts NOW
Well, it has begun… the 2021 Hurricane Season is upon us, with the first named subtropical storm Ana forming near Bermuda - a full 10 days before June 1st, the official beginning of the season. According to the Weather Channel, Ana is likely to bring bands of rain and gusts of wind, but the effects should be minimal to Bermuda.
Looking back on 2020, the record-breaking Hurricane Season began with Tropical Storm Arthur in mid-May, followed by Tropical Storm Bertha, which caused some localized flooding and tornado damage in South Carolina. In all, there were 30 named storms last year - 7 of which were major hurricanes. This season is predicted to be another active one, so let's be sure we're all prepared!
Here are some recommended steps to put together your Hurricane Preparedness Plan. If you'd like us to send you a printable PDF, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll be sure to send it to you.
- Determine Your Risk
- Storm surge, tornadoes, flooding and high winds
- Develop an Evacuation Plan
- Find out if you live in an evacuation zone
- Plan several routes
- Have a bag ready to go, in case you need to leave in a hurry
- Follow evacuation orders, if given
- Don’t forget about your pets!
- Assemble Disaster Supplies
- Food and water - enough for at least 3 days (and the pets, too!)
- Medicine and prescriptions
- Cash on hand
- Full gas tank
- Batteries and phone chargers
- Get an Insurance Checkup
- Verify your coverages, including flood coverage
- Keep your insurance documents with you, with the Agent’s name and number
- Strengthen your Home
- Cover all windows
- Secure all doors
- Trim trees
- Secure outdoor items
- Help your Neighbor
- Help your neighbors prepare
- Help your neighbors evacuate
- Check in after the storm
- Complete a Written Plan
- Put together a contact list (doctors, veterinarian, insurance, family, friends)
- Have at least one contact outside of the affected area
- Keep all important documents together for quick reference
- Share your plan with your family and friends
Weathering the storm is just the first step - you may be left for weeks without power in your home. Make sure your generator is fueled up and ready to #PowerUp. Remember to have extra oil on hand in addition to fuel.
When it comes to severe weather, the best defense is a good offense! These tips can make all the difference between surviving and thriving! We wish you a safe and healthy summer season!