2021 Hurricane Season Preparations
Believe it or not-- hurricane season is right around the corner. The early prediction from
Colorado State University is calling for an above-normal season this year. The initial forecast
calls for the following:
- 17 named storms
- 80 named storm days
- 8 hurricanes
- 35 hurricane days
- 4 major hurricanes
- 9 major hurricane days
This comes after a very active 2020 season-- with 30 named storms and 6 major
hurricanes. Going forward-- the average from 1991 to 2020 will be used for the record-keeping
with NOAA- instead of 1981 to 2010. The increase in averages doesn’t mean hurricanes are
getting worse- if anything- it means prediction software is getting more and more accurate and
more advanced. According to NOAA, The increase in the averages may be attributed to the
overall improvement in observing platforms, including NOAA’s fleet of next-generation
environmental satellites and continued hurricane reconnaissance. It may also be due to the
warming ocean and atmosphere which are influenced by climate change. The update also
reflects a very busy period over the last 30 years, which includes many years of a positive
Atlantic Multi-decadal Oscillation, which can increase Atlantic hurricane activity. While scientists
have found that climate change can influence hurricane activity- it’s not clear that climate
change is entirely what’s affecting the change in storm averages over the last few decades.
The official hurricane season still begins June 1, 2021- but scientists have debated
starting the season earlier for the past few years. There is an argument for starting the season
in mid-May- since we’ve seen a lot of early, pre-season storms in recent years. The Atlantic
hurricane season officially runs from June 1 to November 30- although storms in May and
December is not unheard of.
National Hurrican Emergency Services - https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes and https://www.osha.gov/hurricane
It’s never too early to start thinking about preparations- because it just takes one storm
to be an active season for any hurricane-prone area. National Hurricane Preparedness week is
May 9-15 2021. That said, it’s always a good idea to go over your plan, determine if you’re in an
evacuation or flood zone, and figure out how to protect your home, family, and any pets you
may have. This is the second hurricane season in the COVID-19 pandemic- so it’s important to
think about CDC guidelines when making your plans.
There are plenty of things you can do to prepare early. Double-check your generator.
Replace it if necessary. If you plan to fix or replace your generator early- you won’t be in a bind
when a hurricane arrives and you’re potential without power for days. You can also check your
evacuation route or see if your home is in a flood zone. You can find that information online
based on the county you live in at https://www.floridadisaster.org/knowyourzone/ .
It’s never too early to plan your food, water, batteries, etc. Make a list of non-
perishables, food that doesn’t require heating, and bottled water in case you’re without power or
water for days at a time. Make sure you have plenty of portable chargers or external batteries
for any devices you’ll need to be charged. Stay up to date with your local weather forecasters on any
changes to the predictions later on in the year. Colorado State University will release its next
round of predictions in June, and continue on from there monthly until hurricane season begins-
and reports will come out every few weeks. The earlier the prediction, the less likely it will be
accurate. Don’t focus on the numbers at the moment- focus on what you can do to prepare
before it’s the start of the season and people are panic buying all the generators and bottled water
in your area.
Once hurricane season starts- make sure your car has gas in it. If you do have to
evacuate, plan to do so early, so you’re not stuck in traffic and potentially run out of gas while
trying to leave town. Inactive hurricane situations or threats of major storms, gas can become
scarce as people start to panic and fill their cars, generators, and other gas-powered items.
Don’t get stuck in a line waiting for gas- or at a gas station that runs out of fuel. Plan ahead- and
you won’t run out or be scrambling to fill up at the pump.
Hurricane season is not far away. It’s good to have a plan in place and start making
preparations early. Make sure everything you need and can plan ahead for is in order- so you
aren’t scrambling later if you try to evacuate or hunker down inside your home to ride out a
storm. Pay attention to the latest updates from NOAA, the National Hurricane Center, and other
outlets so that you have the most up-to-date information regarding the upcoming season. Early,
pre-season storms are not uncommon, so it’s best to prepare before those storms come. Don’t
be afraid- be prepared.
Altieri Insurance Consultants is proud to help make it a safe 2021 Hurricane Season for all. If you have any
questions on your policy, feel free to contact us today.