Hello all…Summer is coming to an end. For many of us, kids (for me, grandchildren) are back in school, vacations are coming to an end, and nice Fall weather is about to be upon us. With the end of Summer, unfortunately for those in certain geographical locations, we welcome the start of hurricane season. Hurricane season normally runs from mid-Summer to late Fall. The areas normally impacted is the Gulf Coast region from Florida to Texas, the East Coast from Florida all the way up the eastern area of the United States.
Hurricanes have been devasting in the United States over the years and resulted in destruction and death. Experts in Emergency Management placed numerous practices and policies in place as a result. One of the worse hurricanes ever to hit the United States was in 1900 in Galveston Texas. The hurricane resulted in 6000-12000 deaths and complete destruction of 3,600 homes. Galveston officials disapproved a sea wall proposal approximately 10 years prior to this hurricane. Following this horrific disaster, officials approved the Galveston sea wall. Other hurricanes throughout the history of the United States resulted in great damage and destruction such as Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Hurricane Harvey in 2017, and Hurricane Sandy in 2012. An important aspect of Hurricane Sandy is that it impacted nearly the entire eastern coast of the United States, from Florida to Maine.
For those who are in high-risk areas for hurricanes, are you and your family prepared for such a catastrophic event? Do you have a Plan B in place? Do you prepare and rehearse for such event PRIOR to these events happening? I ask that each one of you to take some time and check out some important resources to aid in preparing you and your family to be safe and mitigate some of the risks involved if a major hurricane impacts your area. Some of the websites to utilize as a resource are:
Important Hurricane Preparedness Links
Hurricane Preparedness and Response – Preparedness | Occupational Safety and Health Administration (osha.gov)
Additionally, it is vital that you follow your local weather reports. Ensure that you track potential threats once the weather experts identify the potential storm. It is important to have a Plan B for you and your family. Reach out to us and ask us questions reference our Plan B opportunity!