Today, June 1st, marks the beginning of the hurricane season in the Atlantic Ocean.
In preparation, here are a few things you should know:
- According to CNN, the United States is in the midst of a significant hurricane drought (this is a good thing, right?). There were no hurricane landfalls during 2015 and we haven’t seen a major hurricane make landfall in the United States since Wilma in 2005. Technically, Hurricane Sandy was no long in hurricane status when it made landfall in New Jersey in 2012.
- That’s the longest drought in our reliable period of records, dating back to 1850. In fact, during this decade long drought there have been 69 hurricanes without a landfall by a major storm, one that reaches category 3, 4, or 5. According to NASA, a stretch like this is only likely to happen once in 270 years. Many believe the United States may be due for a major hurricane landfall and it’s important that all coastal residents — from the Gulf Coast to the Northeast — not be complacent.
- The time to prepare for any emergency is now. Make a plan to protect yourself; which includes preparing a hurricane disaster supply kit, familiarizing yourself with local evacuation routes, and buying or updating your flood insurance. Remember, it takes 30 days from time of purchase for flood insurance to go into effect. It is better to plan ahead and prepare now, than wait until destructive weather is at your doorstep.
- While hurricane season officially runs from June 1 to November 30, tropical systems can form during any month of the year. But conditions are more favorable during the season, when ocean temperatures are warmer and wind shear is lower. This is a good reminder to always be ready and alert for unexpected storms.
No matter what the upcoming months will bring, a hurricane poses a threat to those living in its path. Be sure to be prepared and stay safe. Now is the best time to take precautions and protect yourself. Contact LG Insurance Agency for more information regarding your New Jersey flood insurance needs.
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