The 2020 Hurricane Season is Shaping up to be the Worst in Recent History
The last thing this country needs right now is a hurricane as Americans struggle to protect their selves and their families from the global pandemic and nationwide riots. Unfortunately, the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) released its annual Atlantic hurricane forecast on May 21st, 2020, showing an abnormally active 2020 hurricane season in the upcoming months.
The official Atlantic hurricane season spans from June 1st through November 30th, but has been arriving earlier over the last six years. Typically, the season produces 12 named storms. The report released by NOAA predicts between 13 and 19 storms in 2020. Six to 10 of these storms will likely be hurricanes, as opposed to the average of six. Of the predicted six to 10 hurricanes, three to six of these are likely to develop into category 3, 4, or 5 storms, which are called major hurricanes. These storms come with winds of 111 miles per hour or more, and we usually see three major hurricanes per season
With the nation under lockdown, emergency response teams such as FEMA are already overwhelmed. FEMA’s acting deputy administer for resilience, Carlos Castillo, released a statement advising that Americans revise their emergency plans to account for safe social distancing measures.
Nassau County, Florida, which is commonly hit by some of the harshest tropical storms, has been sharing information with residents via their Emergency Management Facebook Page about preparing for the impending hurricane season. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross stated on their page that, “As Americans focus on…reopening of our country…remember to make the necessary preparations for the upcoming hurricane season.
With a fierce hurricane season around the corner, now is the time to adjust your emergency plans, relying on government agencies that are already overwhelmed will only lead to further strain on these agencies. Due to coronavirus response, FEMA is already stretched to its limits, and even a typical hurricane season is more than they are prepared to handle at this time.
You may need to adjust your preparation actions against the upcoming season, stay up-to-date on health information through the CDC and local officials. For information on storm watches and warnings, visit Hurricanes.gov and get ready for a very active Atlantic Hurricane Season.
Plan ahead for the 2020 Hurricane Season
The rule of thumb when preparing for storms is to hope for three days, but plan for seven. Think of the items you’d need from the pharmacy, grocery store, or bank in the event that these businesses close due to storms. Ensure that you have at least one gallon of water per person for each day. If you have a family of four, you should have 28 gallons of water on-hand during storm seasons. Having emergency supplies on hand is more critical than ever, with a fierce storm season heading our way and emergency response teams already hitting their breaking points.
Another thing that many people overlook it preparing their home and garden for the season. A very important item to consider is your tree trimming to limit the possible flying debris that can create damage to your home, property, or neighbors homes. Taking care of your tree trimming prior to the hurricane season puts you in a position where your liability for damage is more limited.
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