NOAA Predicts a near-normal year for hurricane season

Preparing for the 2019 Hurricane Season

NOAA predicts a near-normal year

The 2019 hurricane season has officially begun and will last until November 30.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts a near-normal hurricane season for the Atlantic this year. However, storms can happen at any time, and it’s always a good idea to be prepared. The first named storm of the season, Andrea, decided to show up a few days early, and thankfully dissipated quickly.

NOAA defines near-normal as 9-15 named storms (39 – 73 mph wind speed), 4-8 hurricanes (74 – 110 mph wind speed) and 2-4 major hurricanes (category 3, 4 or 5 with 111+ mph wind speed).

According to NOAA, the current El Nino will help to suppress the intensity of the hurricane season, but warmer-than-average sea-surface temperatures and African monsoons may increase this year’s hurricane activity.

Tips to keep you, your family and your
customers safe this hurricane season

• Create an emergency communication plan with your family before a hurricane
• Be aware of emergency alerts and warnings and how to share them with everyone in your household
• Know your evacuation route and where temporary shelters may be set up to serve your area
• Create a plan to let friends and family outside of the area know you’re safe or that you need help
• Have emergency supplies in place at home, at work, and in the car. Below is a basic kit; you should also think about your pets and any medication you may need. For a full list of ideas, visit
• Water – one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
• Food – at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
• Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
• Flashlight and extra batteries
• First aid kit
• Whistle to signal for help
• Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
• Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
• Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
• Manual can opener for food
• Local maps
• Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery
• Schedule a home or small commercial insurance review with your customers to review their current coverage versus what they may need to be better covered for disaster; encourage everyone to consider purchasing flood insurance as most homeowners and commercial policies exclude flood.

For more information on hurricane preparedness, visit

This info was from my friends at Velocity Risk Underwriters

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