The team at Criterium encourages residents, homeowners, condo/apartment owners, and commercial property owners to prepare for the hurricane season which begins each year on the first of June for the Atlantic and for Hawaii. The Eastern Pacific season geared up on May 15.
This year’s highly publicized Atlantic seasonal forecast was recently announced by NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, a division of the National Weather Service. They predict an above-normal Atlantic hurricane season this year with:
- 13 to 19 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher)
- 6 to 10 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher)
- Including 3 to 6 major hurricanes (category 3, 4 or 5; with winds of 111 mph or higher)
Now is a good time to prepare your home or business for such an event. FEMA provides a wide array of hurricane tips—including what to do before, during and after a hurricane at READY.gov.
It’s also a good time to take photos of your residence or commercial property in its current state. That way, if your property is involved in a hurricane—you have photos to use as a basis of comparison. When it comes to insurance companies and FEMA, more is better for documenting any hurricane damage. That way you will have “before” and “after” photos to document your property’s situation.