5/27/2014 - Preparing for hurricane season
With seven days to go until the official start of the active storm season, this is Hurricane Preparedness Week. Observed from May 25 - 31, the National Weather Service and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration have a number of tips and recommendations that homeowners can use for each day.
NWS' National Hurricane Center did this after partnering with YouTube, where on each day, Internet users can log on to the website and be redirected to a page where they can watch short videos on what types of actions they should take or what hazards to be aware of.
For example, the video clips for May 26 - 28 are all devoted to weather effects that come with hurricanes, such as storm surge, winds and inland flooding. While on Friday and Saturday, NWS will lay out what people can do get a plan and take action, such as obtaining a flood insurance plan or updating one's homeowners insurance plan, making sure it has the appropriate amount and type of coverage.
The 2014 hurricane season arrives after one that was unusually quiet. For example, there wasn't a single Category 2 or greater hurricane that formed in the Atlantic, Caribbean or Gulf of Mexico in 2013, according to The Weather Channel. The last time that happened - or, to be more precise, didn't happen - was in 1968. Additionally, last year's season was the first since 1994 not to have a single Category 3 storm or stronger.
What will 2014 have in store? Ultimately, no one knows which is why it's important to ensure you have the appropriate protection in place now. To learn more, contact a Selective agent today.