28 Aug Post-Hurricane Season Reality Check
Post-Hurricane Season Reality Check
We’ve made it through another year’s hurricane season with fairly minimal damage here in Palm Beach County. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the residents of the Florida Keys who were impacted by Hurricane Irma and especially to our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico who are still suffering the impact of Hurricane Maria.
With the 2017 hurricane season behind us, B&B Insurance recommends that you take a look back at your preparations and decide what you might want to do differently in 2018.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security offers the following hurricane basics on its website, Ready.gov.
First of all understand that hurricanes are massive storm systems that form over water and move toward land. Threats from hurricanes include high winds, heavy rainfall, storm surge, coastal and inland flooding, rip currents, and tornadoes. These large storms are called typhoons in the North Pacific Ocean and cyclones in other parts of the world.
Each year, many parts of the United States experience heavy rains, strong winds, floods, and coastal storm surges from tropical storms and hurricanes. A significant per cent of fatalities occur outside of landfall counties with causes due to inland flooding. Affected areas include all Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coastal areas and areas over 100 miles inland, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Hawaii, parts of the Southwest, the Pacific Coast, and the U.S. territories in the Pacific.
Remember, the Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30, with the peak occurring between mid-August and late October. The Eastern Pacific hurricane season begins May 15 and ends November 30.
Ready.gov offers several basic preparedness tips to help you get ready when a hurricane is in the forecast or is approaching.
- Know where to go. If you are ordered to evacuate, know the local hurricane evacuation route(s) to take and have a plan for where you can stay. Contact your local emergency management agency for more information.
- Put together a go-bag: disaster supply kit, including a flashlight, batteries, cash, first aid supplies, medications, and copies of your critical information if you need to evacuate
- If you are not in an area that is advised to evacuate and you decide to stay in your home, plan for adequate supplies in case you lose power and water for several days and you are not able to leave due to flooding or blocked roads.
- Make a family emergency communication plan.
- Many communities have text or email alerting systems for emergency notifications. To find out what alerts are available in your area, search the Internet with your town, city, or county name and the word “alerts.”
Another important aspect of preparing for a hurricane – and one that should be done well in advance – is to check to see that your insurance coverages are in order. B&B Insurance has the knowledge and experience to help you accomplish this. It’s especially well-suited to help with your car insurance in Lake Worth Florida. It can also assist you with Florida commercial auto insurance if such coverage is required. Remember our name – B&B Insurance. It’s not A&B insurance or the A &B Insurance Agency; it’s not even BInsurance or BB Insurance. The name is B&B Insurance. We’re always ready to provide you with an auto insurance quote in Florida. Call us today.