29 Mar 2017
Hurricanes are a part of life for those who live near the water, and if you're planning a vacation in one of the many areas that are prone to hurricane weather, it is important to be prepared. We have information regarding the clean up efforts of Hurricane Irma, as well as a hurricane planning tips so you can come to Key West prepared.
When is Hurricane Season?
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”.
2018 Hurricane Outlook
Recent updates to the 2018 hurricane season outlook expect activity to be less active than usual in 2018. There are 11 named storms, 4 hurricanes and just one major hurricane marked Category 3 or higher expected this hurricane season.
Vacation Hurricane Safety Tips & Preperation
- 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 - 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. Here are some items which are helpful to have:
- First aid kit
- Bottled water
- Mini flashlights
- Rain gear
- Canned foods
- 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.