Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Hurricane Season is in - Get Insured Today

Mid of August is considered to be the peak of hurricane season. The government agencies have forecasted that this will be an unusually active year but not as severe as predicted in May. But it is essential to be well prepared as even one major storm can prove to be costly. The damage to home as well as other properties can be devastating if not taken care of initially. People living in inland generally do not take proper measures, but the records state that hail, thunderstorms and tornadoes impact interiors of US right from Springfield, Mass, Joplin, Mo to farther east.

Rising Awareness


Reports state that hurricanes like Sandy can be more common in the future; therefore it is high time to accept the reality and get insured beforehand. The low lying communities as well as states are also learning to adapt accordingly. The catastrophe losses due to hurricane Sandy and Tropical storm Irene in 2011 have instilled fear and sense of responsibility among residents of Connecticut. The people are now becoming more aware about how to cope-up with rising situation and the necessary requirements like getting insured well ahead of time. Residents have also started to install hurricane protection equipment to safeguard their family and property from all the natural disasters.

Recent Updates

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Climate Prediction Center has predicted that the frequency of storms and its severity will be comparatively less in this year but other agencies forecast the year as above normal. It has also been forecasted that around 13- 19 storms will hit this season among which 6 to 9 are supposed to be hurricanes. In between 6- 9 hurricanes, 3-5 will be major ones. A major hurricane is the one which has sustained winds of minimum 111 mph and is considered to be Category 3 or greater. The seasonal average is somewhere around 12 named storms and six hurricanes in which three are major.

Ways to Prepare


June 1 to November 30 is considered to be the hurricane season in which mid-August to late October is the peak season. It is essential for everybody, for those living close to the sea as well as those living in the inland are to install hurricane shutters. Do review the family emergency plan, check and stock emergency kit and to consider insurance options. Make a list of all the belongings in the home, having a video recording can be of great help. Remember to stock ready to eat food for family and pets in enough quantity and fill in containers and even bathtubs with fresh water. In case one needs to evacuate do carry the insurance claim and other relevant documents along with the emergency kit.

NOAA revised forecast states that the season would bring 13 to 20 named storms, 11 of them would be hurricanes and 3- 6 would be a major one. The updated outlook was scaled back as there was low expectation of extreme activity which might be because of La Nina will likely develop and bring reduced wind shear and also due to of lack of hurricanes through July.

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