The 2018 Hurricane Season is Coming: Are You Ready?
These names may not mean much to you now, but chances are, seven of them will become house-hold hurricane names this season, with at least three of them reaching major hurricane strength: Alberto, Beryl, Chris, Debby, Ernesto, Florence, Gordon, Helene, Isaac, Joyce, Kirk, Leslie, Michael, Nadine, Oscar, Patty, Rafael, Sara, Tony, Valerie, William.
According to a seasoned team of scientists and meteorologists at Colorado State University (CSU), 2018's hurricane activity will be about 135% of the average season. By comparison, 2017's hurricane activity was up 245%. CSU has released its hurricane predictions for the upcoming season every spring since 1984.
2017 was the most expensive hurricane season in American history. The U.S. suffered more than $200 billion worth of damage courtesy of hurricanes like Harvey, Irma, and Maria, which tore through the United States' gulf coast, portions of the Caribbean, and Puerto Rico. Harvey devastated Houston with more than four feet of rainfall. Irma battered Florida and the Virgin Islands, much of which is still shut down to both residents and tourists. Perhaps most shocking, Maria destroyed the homes and much of the infrastructure in the U.S. Territory Puerto Rico. Many places, especially in Puerto Rico, are still cleaning up last year's damage. Just yesterday—we're at the end of April 2018—Puerto Rico once again was reportedly completely without power due to the lingering chaos from Hurricane Maria. What if another hurricane hit this struggling island, in a mere matter of weeks?
Minor storms affected many other areas of the country and abroad, contributing to massive and prolonged power outages, impassable roads and highways, inoperable airports, mandatory evacuations, and flooded harbors, homes, and businesses.
Do you have a plan of preparedness and action for this year's hurricane season? Whether you live, travel, or work in coastal areas or not, since we live in a truly interconnected world, your supply chain, businesses, and employees are affected, even if you aren't personally.
ActivWeather™, the meteorological reporting tool for NC4 Risk Center™, is a tool you can use to your advantage. ActivWeather integrates real-time weather data to provide detailed, customized, and comprehensive alerts that enhance your situational awareness. NC4's profiling system creates weather profiles that tailor alerts just for you. Its several data layers can be turned on and off, based on your needs and preferences. You can customize specific alerts for active hurricanes, in order to view the potential effects of developing weather systems in the context of your facilities and other assets. This granular level of detail allows you to obtain targeted information that can affect your day-to-day business operations and personnel safety.
NC4 helps organizations every day through the use of Risk Center, which includes the ActivWeather component. For more information about the ways NC4 can help your organization manage and mitigate risk—both natural and manmade— call us at 1-877-624-4999, or contact us online.