29 Mar 2017
Hurricane Season and What this means for your Vacation….
Hurricane Season begins June and lasts through November. Peak season is mid-Aug to late October. There is an average of 6 hurricanes a year, approximately 3 are considered “major”.
The Weather Company expects 2016 to be the most active Hurricane Season since 2012. A total of 14 named storms, eight hurricanes and three major hurricanes are forecast during the coming season. This information isn’t meant to deter you from vacationing but rather inform you of how to prepare yourself in case of a storm. It is VERY important to check the weather prior to traveling to the Gulf area during this time.
Here are a few tips to help prepare for vacation:
- Purchase Travel Insurance- Normally the insurance policy needs to be purchased prior to a storm being named. Travel insurance doesn’t ALWAYS protect you so ensure to ask as many questions as possible so that there is a clear understanding of the policy (Also check the refund policies)
- Hotel Hurricane Policies- Contact the establishment in which you are staying during vacation to request details on their hurricane policies.
- Download Health and Safety Apps- There are some apps such as “The Red Cross Hurricane App” that will allow you track hurricanes and weather conditions in specific areas. Some apps will also give Storm Warning Alerts.
- Keep a copy of all important documents i.e. Itineraries, Driver’s License, credit cards, passport ID page in case the originals are lost or damaged.
- Have an emergency plan in place and ensure everyone in your travel party and maybe someone back home knows of it.
- Have storm supplies handy- Of course you do not want to pack a huge amount of things but if possible find a way to pack a few supplies that may come in handy if a storm arrive.
- First aid kit, bottled water, mini flashlights, batteries, rain gear, blankets, canned foods and can opener
It is important to have “all of your ducks in a row” when traveling during such an unpredictable time. Although storms cannot be prevented, we can prepare ourselves as much as possible.
Remember safety for yourself, family and friends are most important.