Hurricane season begins June 1st and we all need to understand the risks approaching. (If only summer could be filled with sun-beaming adventures alone.)

Already, the first storms of 2012 have hit the southern states. Tropical Storm Beryl was downgraded before it met land, but was in the record books as the strongest Tropical Storm to hit land before the official start to hurricane season. (Good sign of what’s to come, right?)

A word of encouragement: The 2012 season is predicted to be a year of “normal” activity by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Experts predict the season to produce an amount of 9 to 15 tropical storms across the coming six months, and of those 1 – 3 storms becoming severe hurricanes.

What safety advice does Southern States Insurance have for the approaching hurricane season?

  • Download weather related apps to stay current on looming conditions.
  • Create an emergency evacuation plan and learn the location of emergency shelters in your area.
  • Inspect sewers and drains and remove all debris to prevent build up and flooding.
  • When you hear of an approaching storm charge your cellphones immediately (Not for games and checking Facebook, but for communication if phone is lost and power goes out.)
  • Trim shrubs and exterior plants.
  • Secure any exterior furniture or outdoor property that could be carried away and cause greater harm.

Despite predictions of a less than severe hurricane season, we recommend everyone take precautions and be prepared. The experts are doing their best to predict future weather conditions, but it is never certain what conditions may arise. Even on the specific topic of hurricane activity in the 2012 season, their are varying opinions.

All efforts to keep your home and family safe can never be too valuable. In the event of a storm, stay alert and be patient. Often tornados can spawn from hurricanes and risks may change through out the storm. There may also be a chance you could experience a false security, as victims of storms believe the storm to be over when they’re actually in the eye of the storm.

Understanding the Levels of Hurricane Severity

I find myself glued to the news to stay updated on threatening conditions during a storm. I want to act responsibly and make consciously safe decisions based on the level of severity, but I find myself confused by the language. Is a “watch” or a “warning” more imperative to act now?

Here are the possibilities of warnings of hurricane severity and how you should appropriately respond to stay safe.

  • A tropical storm warning may be issued if winds of 39 to 73 mph are expected in an area. Such a warning will not be issued first if a hurricane is expected to strike.
  • A hurricane watch is issued for coastal areas when a tropical storm or hurricane conditions threaten within 24 to 36 hours.
  • A hurricane warning is issued for specific coastal areas when hurricane-force winds are expected to strike within 24 hours or less.

Most Importantly – Stay Safe

With hurricane season upon us, it’s time to prepare and understand what is coming. It is once again time to re-evaluate and re-stock your hurricane disaster supply kits, and educate your family on the potential dangers and what to do to keep safe.

Our insurance agency hopes to minimize your losses by sharing these hurricane safety tips. We believe being prepared makes all the difference. Confidence brings a great deal of peace.

Southern States Insurance is here to help you. We would love to answer any questions and guide you through any risks you face.

If you are concerned about your homeowners insurance policy or your insurance coverage let our insurance agents be your answer. Southern States Insurance believes in building relationships to help our customers succeed. We work to help our clients minimize their risks, save money, and prevent loss by constantly providing valuable information and resources.

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