As all Floridians should be well aware, hurricane season is on the horizon! Hurricane season starts on June 1st, and the forecast suggests that this year’s weather will rank above average in intensity and projected hurricane numbers.
According to the latest forecast from CSU forecasters, we should expect about 19 major storms this year, among which nine of them will become hurricanes and four of them could become major hurricanes. The 2022 hurricane season will be the seventh year in a row with above-normal hurricane activity.
The names of this year’s storms are Alex, Bonnie, Colin, Danielle, Earl, Fiona, Gaston, Hermine, Ian, Julia, Karl, Lisa, Martin, Nicole, Owen, Paula, Richard, Shary, Tobias, Virgine, and Walter.
What Does This Mean for Residents of Florida?
It’s going to be another stormy season for Florida. If you’re new to the area and unaware of how this season goes, you’ll have to prepare for some extreme winds and rain-soaked days. Different areas are affected differently, and storms can often change course or alter their path during their journey, keeping residents on their toes. Overall, there is a 96% possibility that you will encounter at least one tropical storm this season, a 75% chance of encountering at least one hurricane, and a 44% chance of encountering at least one massive hurricane.
Besides hurricanes, the threat of flooding is also high. You have to prepare accordingly to protect yourself and your family members during and after a major storm.
How to Prepare for Hurricane Season 2022?
Don’t fear! Finding out that a hurricane is coming can be terrifying news, but if you take the proper steps to prepare yourself you can rest easy so that you, your family, and your belongings will be safe and secure.
So, what are some necessary steps you can take?
- Install Quality Hurricane Resistant Windows: it is extremely important to protect your windows and doors; installing impact windows and doors will protect you and your loved ones from the inevitable flying debris that occurs in extreme winds and hurricane conditions. This debris can include tree branches, street signs, roofing materials, and other items left outside that essentially become flying missiles in the midst of a major storm.
- Take Care of Your Home Exterior: If you have trees near your residence with shaky or falling branches, then now is the time to trim them. When you know a storm is coming, secure your outdoor furniture, children’s toys, potted plants, or other appliances. You can use a rope to tie them or move them inside of your house temporarily.
- Have an Emergency Kit Ready: The strength or direction of a hurricane can sometimes change rapidly, and you might have to quickly evacuate yourself from your home. Having an emergency kit ready with important documents, jewelry, insurance papers, a first aid box, and a flashlight could come in handy.
- Make Changes To Your Home Interior: As you are notified that a storm is approaching, it’s wise to remove valuable things that could fall from your walls such as art and paintings. Unplug your electronic appliances and turn your gas off.
- Have an Evacuation Plan Ready: Consult with your local authority to figure out the closest hurricane shelter. Don’t forget to make arrangements for pets if you have any.
- Download FEMA App: You can easily download the FEMA application for your mobile devices where you can gather information on weather alerts, safety tips, and resources. This app includes a configurable emergency supply checklist, maps of open shelters and rehabilitation centers, disaster survival information, and National Weather Service weather warnings.
The 2022 hurricane season is on its way, and it’s time for people on the East Coast to prepare themselves. Protect your home and loved ones by installing hurricane-resistant impact windows and doors. You can send us an email or simply call us at 954-545-0997 to learn more about our high-quality impact doors and windows.