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Hurricane Season 2020: How to Weather the Storm

Hurricane Season 2020: How to Weather the Storm

Hurricane Season 2020: How to Weather the Storm

We all know how devastating a hurricane storm can be, especially during the peak of hurricane season 2020. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts 19 to 25 named storms and 7-11 hurricanes. Also, the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season might be worse due to a La Nina expected to develop a few months ahead.

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So, you need to start thinking of hurricane preparedness to protect your family and property when a storm is forming. Otherwise, you may not reverse all the damages caused when the hurricane or tropical storm hits hard. Thankfully, we’ll look at what you should do to prepare adequately for the hurricane season 2020. Let’s get started!

Construction Site Preparedness

The best way to protect a construction site from the devastating impacts of hurricanes is by creating a hurricane preparedness plan. Once a climate prediction center has named an impending hurricane, figure out what to do before, during, and after the hurricane activity.

Here are some ways to prepare a construction site for the hurricane season 2020.

  • Keep the site clean and well-maintained for quick emergency procedures
  • Deploy a water inflated property protector around the site to prevent flooding
  • Secure or move potential projectiles indoors, including the scaffolding

Pro Tip: You should always monitor the weather once the National Hurricane Center has mentioned an impending hurricane storm in your area.

School Safety Preparedness

Most schools use flood insurance policies to cover damage costs caused by tropical storms and hurricanes. However, there are measures you can take to prevent or mitigate the damages.

Here are some of the ways to prepare your school for the hurricane season 2020.

  • Devise an effective communication plan to inform everyone of potential floods
  • Create a flood emergency plan to promote the safety of everyone in the school
  • Install an inflatable flood barrier around school buildings to prevent flooding
  • Move computers and other expensive electronics to higher levels

Business Property Preparedness

If you’ve set up a business in a hurricane-prone area, you need to protect it from the storm’s impacts, such as flooding. Otherwise, your property might get damaged.

Here are the ways to prepare your business property for the hurricane season 2020.

  • Move treasured or expensive items such as furniture to higher levels
  • Invest in a water inflated property protector to protect your property from floods
  • Communicate a hurricane emergency plan with all your employees
  • Clear gutters and drainage systems to carry away water from your property

Are You Ready for the Next Storm?

An effective hurricane preparedness plan can help prevent or mitigate the storms’ destructive impacts during the hurricane season 2020. Major hurricanes such as Hurricane Laura and Hurricane Katrina can be catastrophic and require you to take advanced safety measures. Just follow all the tips we’ve discussed to protect your family and property.

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Getting Your Construction Site Ready for a Hurricane

Getting Your Construction Site Ready for a Hurricane

Since strong hurricane winds can cause significant destruction in a construction site, hurricane preparedness is essential. When the storm hits hard, it can blow away building materials, flood the construction site, and weaken buildings under construction.

As a construction manager, it’s essential to prioritize the safety of all workers on the site. You need to protect them from the devastating impacts of hurricanes by preparing in advance. Let’s look at the best hurricane preparedness strategies to help.

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Developing a Plan Before the Storm Hits

As the peak of hurricane season approaches, you need to create a hurricane plan to guide you. It should highlight all the guidelines to follow before, during, and after the storm. You can appoint someone to oversee and implement the plan appropriately. 

Stay Alert

You need to keep an eye and ear on the weather. The best way to achieve that is by appointing a team to monitor the weather 24 hours closely. Also, frequently visit weather websites to check for weather alerts that require an immediate response.

Locking Down the Worksite

As the storm approaches the construction area, you need to lock down the construction site to keep everyone safe. Secure structures and equipment and evacuate all the workers from the site. Here’s a more detailed look at both of these steps:

Securing Structures and Equipment

  • Cover delicate materials with plastic sheets to avoid water damage
  • Weigh down all light materials using sandbags and ground anchors
  • Tie up loose materials together using a rope to prevent dispersing
  • Remove tools and equipment that can get damaged with water
  • Place sandbags around the perimeter of the structure to reinforce it
  • Install Aqua-Barrier cofferdams around structures to keep away flood water

Evacuating Workers from the Site

  • Develop an evacuation plan from the site
  • Stay tuned to radios, social media, and televisions for weather alerts
  • Evacuate as soon as the local authorities give a word

After the Storm

The storm is over, and the local authorities have given you the green light to return to the construction site. So, what are the things to do after the hurricane storm?

  • Assess all the damages on the construction site
  • Clean up all the materials and debris scattered on the site by floodwater
  • Pump out the flood water in the construction site
  • Engage your recovery team to oversee the re-entry process

Pro Tip: Beware of sharp objects in the floodwaters as you return to the construction site! Stay out of the water and stay away until it’s safe to go back.

Riding Out the Hurricane

Construction site hurricane preparedness is of crucial relevance before a hurricane or tropical storm makes landfall. The best way to avoid the destructive impacts of hurricanes is by completing construction projects on time. If the hurricane storm comes before you finish the project, create emergency plans to protect workers and property.

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Hurricane Preparedness Guide for Your Business

Hurricane Preparedness Guide for Your Business

Staying safe during hurricane season is important for both big and small businesses. The best way to prepare for any tropical storm or hurricane headed your way is by planning ahead. Ensure the continued protection of your employees and property assets with this guide to hurricane preparedness.

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According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), “Preparedness is everyone’s responsibility.” While certain measures might be made by your governing authorities, it’s ultimately your priority to protect your business. If major flooding occurred in your area, having the right tools and equipment should be done in advance. Get your business prepared for this year’s hurricane season with the following recommendations.

Evaluate Any Potential Risks

To ensure proper planning, It’s important for you to know how your business could be affected by major weather storms. What scenarios would you face if your business activities were paused or disrupted due to a severe storm? Based on questions from FEMA’s Back-to-Business Self Assessment, you may experience:

  • Not having access to office or computer equipment
  • Loss of utilities such as gas, electricity, internet, or water
  • Having to pay your employees on a limited business income
  • Obstructed roadways making it impossible for your employees to commute
  • Disruption of your regular business processes
  • Storm damage to your property or equipment

Make an Emergency Plan

With an accurate view of your business’s risks, you can better prepare for an incoming storm. Consult with local officials and your employees to formulate an emergency plan that is customized for your business. Every business has different dynamics to consider, such as your location, types of services, and equipment handling. That being said, the goal of any emergency plan is to keep your employees safe and ensure business continuity.

Consider implementing the following safety measures:

  • Backing up data or storing it on a cloud for easy access
  • Storing important documents in airtight containers
  • Mapping evacuation routes
  • Installing storm shutters or flood-barriers
  • Investing in a first-aid emergency kit
  • Setting up a communication tool for employees

Pro Tip: Move any equipment to higher ground or away from windows to guard against damage from rising flood water.

Pay Attention to Weather Alerts

In the days before a hurricane strikes, local news forecasts can help to give you a clear picture of the storm’s path and severity. However, circumstances can change in a matter of days, or in many cases, hours before a storm hits. Make sure you have a way to keep a tab on current weather conditions so that you can plan accordingly. Whether you need to send your employees home early or gather extra supplies, staying up to date will keep both you and your team safe.

Preparing Your Business

The power of hurricanes can’t be underestimated. With high winds ranging from 74 mph or higher, the impact of a hurricane on your business could be catastrophic. Make sure you have the proper plans and flood protection equipment in place to get ready for any storms headed your way.

Not sure where to start? Connect with our team to determine how you should be preparing for a major tropical storm or hurricane.

Hurricane Season is Quickly Approaching – 2016 Predictions

Hurricane Season is Quickly Approaching – 2016 Predictions

The 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season is upon us, and things are already not looking good. We already had a named storm in January, Hurricane Alex, and the main season looks like it will be average to above average in severity. While the impacts from the year’s El Nino and La Nina are still up for debate, most experts agree that the 2016 hurricane season will be as active as 2012.

The official start of the 2016 season is June 1 and runs through November 30. In other words, the season is quickly approaching. The experts do not know when these storms will come. All they know is that the hurricanes will happen. They do not even know how strong the storms will get once they hit the coastline. Thus, you must take some precaution and prepare for the coming season. Fortunately, you can use the following predictions to make the appropriate adjustments to your disaster recovery plan.

2016 Hurricane Season as Strong as 2012

It all comes down to what the El Nino and La Nina conditions out in the Pacific are doing. Normally, El Nino kills hurricanes, but, with El Nino weakening, that could change this year. No one really knows how long the transition to La Nina will take, making predictions for more than a week or two questionable at best. However, data from the past six years with similar conditions make most weather scientists agree to the following predictions:

  • 50 percent chance of a major storm hitting the U.S. coast
  • 30percent chance that a major storm will hit the East Coast
  • 29 percent chance for a major storm to hit the Gulf Coast
  • 57 percent chance for a tropical storm to hit the Gulf Coast
  • 41 percent chance that a Category 1 or 2 storm will hit the Gulf Coast

These numbers tell us that the Gulf Coast will get hit by a hurricane this year.We do not know when the storm will hit, but we can look at the predicted storm numbers to get an idea of how many storms will head our way.

Average CSU Weather Channel
Named Storms 12 13 14
Hurricanes 6 6 8
Category 3 or higher 3 2 3

Source: The Weather Channel

While there is no link between the number of storms and the number of landfalls, higher storm numbers make landfall more likely than not. These predictions say we are coming out of the quiet period that reigned for the last couple of years, and you can expect at least one storm hitting the coast somewhere. However, 2016 could still turn out like 2010 which produced 19 storms that never made landfall. The only thing you can do is to prepare yourself and your business for the worse case scenarios and hope you never have to use those plans.

2016 Hurricane Names

Either way, the transition from El Nino to La Nina could change everything. The experts do not know when the change will occur, but they do know it will occur during the hurricane season. This is why you need to pay attention whenever the following storm names start trending this year.

  • Alex
  • Bonnie
  • Colin
  • Danielle
  • Earl
  • Fiona
  • Gaston
  • Hermine
  • Ian
  • Julia
  • Karl
  • Lisa
  • Matthew
  • Nicole
  • Otto
  • Paula
  • Richard
  • Shary
  • Tobias
  • Virginie
  • Walter

Since Hurricane Alex had already formed in January, you could say we entered the 2016 hurricane season early. With the main hurricane season just days away, a new hurricane could pop up as soon as tomorrow or as late as a few weeks from now, and there is already a disturbance out in the Atlantic Ocean. These storms can strike with little warning if you are not prepared for them.

To learn how to prepare for the impending season, follow our blog for tips and strategies that will keep your business operating and homes protected from whatever nature decides to throw our way.

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