National Hurricane Awareness Week: May 22-28th
Let me preface this by saying I am not all doom and gloom, but we do deal with and hear about accidents, injuries, fires, flooding, etc on a regular basis. So I feel that it is only natural to be prepared, to be ready, and to be covered. Part of being prepared is having insurance. Whether you are starting a business or a family, buying a vacation property or a new car, make sure you have it covered. If you have questions about what type of policies cover what please give us a call.
“Insurance is not for the things that ruin your day; it is for the things that ruin your life.”
Obama has declared this week national hurricane awareness week. NOAA is predicting an above average hurricane season. The CDC is talking about the zombie apocalypse. The world was supposed to end last Saturday according to a California preacher. There is a volcanic ash cloud from Iceland. Tornado activity is up from last year.
A few basic and informative websites on being prepared:
FEMA, Red Cross, Ready.gov, NOAA, DHS.gov, CDC.gov
If you like stats here are a few:
Insurance companies could see weather related losses close to $10 billion this year just in the U.S. A normal year is $2 to 4 billion. Globally losses could be close to $55 billion.
Year to date tornadoes have claimed 482 people. The 3 year average is 64 deaths per year. All of last year there were 1,282 reported tornadoes. So far in 2011 there has been an estimated 1,151.
Hurricane prediction I copied from NOAA:
- “12 to 18 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which:
- 6 to 10 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including:
- 3 to 6 major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5; winds of 111 mph or higher)
Each of these ranges has a 70 percent likelihood, and indicate that activity will exceed the seasonal average of 11 named storms, six hurricanes and two major hurricane.”