Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Hurricane Preparedness

According to the National Weather Service, a lack of hurricane awareness and preparation are common threads among all major hurricane disasters. You can reduce the effects of a hurricane disaster if you know your vulnerability and what actions you should take in the event of a storm, plus you can improve your odds for recovery from a disaster. National Hurricane Preparedness Week runs from May 25-31 this year, so now is a good time to get ready for hurricane season - Atlantic season begins June 1 and runs through November 30, while the Eastern Pacific season began May 15 and also ends November 30.

On average over the last few decades, hurricane seasons brought a total of 16 named tropical storms, with five growing into stronger hurricanes. (Item #1) Information here from the National Hurricane Center could save lives. (Item #2) The only effective way that a business can mitigate or diffuse the effects of a hurricane is to prepare for it. (Item #3)

Hurricane Sandy taught many companies unfortunate lessons about the importance of disaster recovery planning; here are some of the lessons learned. (Item #4) The time to prepare is now, not while the hurricane is bearing down on your location. (Item #5) While not prepared for hurricanes only, this publication from FEMA can be immensely helpful in your preparations. (Item #6)

The entire issue is available at

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