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Disaster Prep: Hurricane preparedness and action plan

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Disaster Response Center

May 30, 2019

In this installment of Disaster Prep, we focus on how to mitigate potential injuries in post-flood conditions, including safety precautions for employees entering flood areas and proper maintenance of idle and/or partially operating facilities.

Now is the time to prepare…it only takes one

The Atlantic hurricane season officially begins on June 1 and runs through November 30 each year. Although the peak of the season is usually during August - October, preparation is strongly advised at all times no matter how many storms are forecast. For example, Andrew, a Category 5 hurricane, roared ashore to devastate South Florida on August 24, 1992, a year in which only seven named storms occurred for the season.

According to the National Hurricane Center, the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season featured above-normal activity. Fifteen named storms formed, of which eight became hurricanes and two became major hurricanes — category 3 or higher on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. This compares to the long-term average of 12 named storms, six hurricanes and three major hurricanes. There was also one tropical depression that did not reach tropical storm strength. (See page 7, “Understanding hurricane terminology.”)

In terms of Accumulated Cyclone Energy (ACE), which measures the combined strength and duration of tropical storms and hurricanes, activity in the Atlantic basin in 2018 was also above normal. In addition, seven systems were subtropical at some point in their lifetimes this season, which eclipses the previous record of five in 1969.1

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