The 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season is days away from opening, and the activity in the Atlantic has already begun.
The destruction of a hurricane can devastate a community. The 2017 and 2018 seasons generated billions of dollars in damage, claimed many lives and caused chaos across the nation. Being prepared for a destructive storm is critical. It’s nevertoo early to get prepared for a hurricane. Official IHPA Partner Global Weather Oscillations predicts we will see six named storms this season make US landfall. GWO predicts four of these storms will be hurricanes. This prediction shows the 2019 storm seasonbeing another dangerous season for Landfalls on the US Mainland. Don’t be lulled into a false sense of security when other organizations promote an ‘average’ hurricane season. It just takes one storm to wreak havoc on the lives of millions.
ARE you prepared? Please have a map of shelters in the area in case of evacuations. It may be unnecessary but it will be priceless if high winds and water come your way.
It’s a great idea to create a storm preparedness kit before a storm is on the radar. If you wait until the last minute, trips to the store in the days before a hurricane can be frustrating with lack of supplies and general chaos. Here’sa short list of suggested supplies to help prepare you in the event of a hurricane:
· Cash! ATMs will not work after a power grid failure
· Drinking water (enough for 72 hours PER person)
· First aid kit
· Flash lights
· Non-electric can opener
· Non-perishable foods (72 hour supply PER person)
· Non-prescription and a supply of prescription drugs
· One complete change of clothing per person
· Paper cups, plates and plastic utensils
· Water for sanitation use
· Non-electric entertainment (board games, books)
The IHPA is a not-for-profit organization, which unites and represents the Hurricane Protection Industry. We are comprised of suppliers, manufacturers, contractors, architects, engineers, testing laboratories, governmental agencies and code writers dedicated to the protection of life and property from the devastation associated with hurricanes. We seek to insure the publics’ safety and welfare by endorsing the testing and approval of legitimate hurricane protection systems and through information and educational programs.