Calming the Storm


 

Essential Hurricane Preparedness for the 2024 Season

June 25, 2024 -Those residing in North America have already entered the continent’s hurricane season. The Atlantic Season spans from June through November, while the Pacific seasons officially begins May 15 and lasts through November 30. While hurricanes are likely to develop during the forecasted season, it is important to note that storm systems can and previously have occurred outside of these time frames.

 

Meteorologists predict above-average storm activity in the 2024 Hurricane Season. The US’ National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is forecasting a total of 17 to 25 total named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher). Of those storm systems, the administration predicts 8 to 13 could strengthen and develop into hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including 5 to 7 major hurricanes (category 3, 4 or 5; with winds of 111 mph or higher). This is the highest forecast that NOAA has released to date.

What to Expect

Depending on the severity, hurricanes can travel inland, posing a risk to non-coastal states. Meteorologists are adept at detecting these storms and will bring advanced warning; however, storm system trajectories and cones of uncertainty remain hard to predict. High winds, flooding, power outages, transportation disruptions and resulting opportunistic crime may occur during and in the aftermath of these storms.

The above-average storm activity is attributed to record-warm sea surface temperatures, La Nina conditions, reduced Atlantic trade winds, and less wind shear. Meteorologists are also warning of the effects of the ongoing La Nina weather phenomenon. In the Northern Hemisphere, La Nina weather patterns will bring storms and flooding from March until at least May. The US’ Eastern and Western coasts – and especially the Gulf Coast and the Southeastern US – are at greatest risk for impacts of this inclement weather.

While no named storms have officially developed, South Florida has already experienced severe flooding. A deluge of recent rain and frequent consecutive storms in the southeastern US has brought significant flooding from Miami-Dade to Martin County. The region has received anywhere from six to twenty inches of rain in less than three days prompting a State of Emergency in several counties. The flooding has prompted many road closures and significant infrastructure delays – including the closure of Fort Lauderdale’s Airport.

Impact Analysis and Recommended Action

While predictions of increased storm activity can seem alarming, there are several preventative and basic steps that can be taken to mitigate the impact of severe storm systems. Individuals and organizations residing in areas frequently impacted by hurricanes should store ample supplies of water, non-perishable food, medical supplies -including prescription medication, pet food and supplies, flashlights, batteries, candles, and hand-powered radios. Severe storms may prompt transportation, power, and telecommunications disruptions which may negatively an individual or organizations continuity operations. Proper planning and mitigative steps can ensure resiliency – on both the personal and organizational level. To find out how to mitigate the risks of hurricanes, tropical storms, or any other severe weather systems and natural disasters consider contacting RMS’ security professionals at ask@rmsiusa.com to develop a customized and resilient protection plan to protect yourself and loved ones, as well as your organization, assets, personnel, operations and reputation.



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