How to Prepare for the 2019 Hurricane Season (Tips from Trustworthy Weather Experts)

The 2019 hurricane season is upon us and tropical waves have already made their trek from the African coast through the Caribbean and towards the United States.  If you’ve been living in this region for an extended period, you should be very familiar with all that’s required to prepare for the June start of the annual tropical storm season.

However, if you’re not too sure about what to expect and what you should do, these tips highlighted by the top weather experts will set you on track for the six month long season.

Preparing for a Hurricane or Tropical Storm (CDC)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has an excellent list of hurricane preparedness tips that were compiled from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Ideally, preparation for the season should have started several weeks ago. This is especially pertinent since in many years (including 2019) some storms formed well in advance of the official June 1 tropical storm start date.

The tips range from making sure that you are adequately prepared for a hurricane; stocking your home and vehicle with enough emergency supplies for you, your family and pets; creating a family disaster plan that can be quickly enacted if a catastrophic event occurs; taking smart precautions if flooding occurs (which includes avoiding flooded areas and not venturing into bodies of water); taking the health and medical conditions of older family members and neighbours into consideration; being mindful of carbon monoxide emissions from generators and running vehicles and ensuring that devices that can detect this gas are working; and remaining safe after a hurricane or tropical storm.

Hurricanes (Ready)

Ready is a United States of America based public service campaign which prepares people for emergencies such as natural disasters and man-made emergencies. At the very minimum it advises people to be informed about the possible emergencies and the ways to respond to them; create a family emergency plan that considers the needs and capabilities of the family members; build an emergency kit and participate in community emergency preparation activities.

For hurricanes occurring in the Atlantic or Pacific, residents should be aware which threats can impact them. All USA coast lines and countries in the Atlantic or Pacific oceans may be impacted by hurricanes.

The tips provided by this resource outline what you should do if you are under a hurricane warning; steps that you can take to prepare now and well in advance of a tropical storm or hurricane; what to do when a hurricane is 36 hours away, 18 – 36 hours away, 6 – 18 hours away, 6 hours away from your area; how to survive during a hurricane or tropical storm; and how to remain safe after the hurricane has passed.

How to Prepare for Hurricane Season (Insurance Information Institute)

The Insurance Information Institute, an independent and objective insurance oriented body that aims to improve the public’s understanding of insurance, created a thorough guide that outlines how people can prepare for hurricane season. This guide outlines a number of tips and suggestions that you can use to help minimise the impact of the storm.

Main tips include how to plan your evacuation route in advance of a major storm event; the types of non-perishable emergency supplies that should be kept on hand; creating a home inventory of your personal possessions for yours and insurance purposes; reviewing your insurance policies to assess whether or not it is adequate in the event of damage to your home; and taking preventative steps to protect your home – hurricane proofing windows and doors by installing storm shutters and covering them with plywood, cutting overgrown shrubs and trees and removing dead limbs, removing garbage and debris from surroundings to reduce the likelihood of them becoming deadly missiles during hurricane season.

Learn How to Prepare Your Household for Hurricane Season (American Red Cross)

The American Red Cross provides invaluable service in the form of relief and support to people facing unbearable crises and helping people prepare for the aftermath of emergencies. Their services include disaster relief, blood donation processes, health and safety training and certification, international aid and support programmes and supporting military service members, veterans and their families.

The American Red Cross blog has suggested three simple tips that can create the biggest impact in the event of a tropical storm or hurricane. They are building an emergency kit that contains water, non-perishable food and other core supplies for all members of the family; getting together with family members and creating and practicing an evacuation plan that can be easily implemented when the time arises; and staying informed by taking note of your neighbourhood’s emergency response plan which should include being knowledgeable about local shelters and which ones accept and do not accept pets.

2019 Hurricane Season (Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety)

The Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety is an independent research and communications organisation that aims to provide more resilient communities and keep the insurance industry informed. Their focus includes the formulation of construction standards; providing flood and hail guidance for home and business owners; maintenance suggestions; business continuity planning; detailed roofing guides; water intrusion, wildfire, wind and winter weather guidance; and emergency preparedness and response planning.

The 2019 Hurricane Season Guide contains several helpful and timely tips which are informative and practical. There is a hurricane checklist; an analysis of often overlooked storm surge risks; tips on how to protect the home from wind; and a video on how to avoid flying debris dangers.

There are also specific tropical storm and hurricane preparedness tips on preparing to evacuate, preparing your surroundings, protecting windows and doors; reducing water damage risks. For further reading, guides are available on reducing hurricane risk; how to use generators safely; and staying safe after the storm.

6 Ways to Prepare Now For Hurricanes (AccuWeather)

AccuWeather is one of the leading weather monitoring and forecasting organisations in the world. It reaches over 1.5 billion people daily through a combination of communication methods including radio, television, newspaper and the internet. The AccuWeather network enables the organisation to reach more people in more places; and to provide its up-to-the-minute weather updates to customers nationally, regionally and internationally.

In a recent post, AccuWeather suggested 6 tips that everyone living in any of the hurricane belts can use to prepare for hurricanes now. These smart tips include creating an evacuation plan, even if you’re not in an evacuation area; buying supplies well ahead of time and not waiting until the hurricane is on your door step; checking your insurance coverage and making changes to ensure that you are protected with standard home insurance, flood insurance and renters’ insurance where necessary; making copies of important documents and keeping in a secure waterproof container; protecting your home by carrying out inspections on the roof, outer walls and windows and doors; and backing up electronics and storing data in a remote location.

Highlighting the Importance of Being Prepared

Many of these tips highlight the importance of being prepared for the hurricane season. Even if you have never been affected or impacted by a tropical storm or hurricane, it’s in your best interest to be ready for anything. Past hurricanes have shown that you do not have to be in the direct impact zone or living on the coastline to feel the wrath of a storm.

Atlantic Tropical Storm Names

Each year, the Atlantic Tropical Storm Names are announced and these names are assigned to storms as they form during the June – November hurricane season. Storms that form before the official June 1 start of the Atlantic Tropical Storm season also use these names. When the full list of twenty-one names is used in any one season, additional storms are given names from the Greek Alphabet.

Atlantic Tropical Storm Names

Tropical storm names are repeated every six years. However, if a season has a particularly devastating storm, that name is retired from the list.

2019 Tropical Storm Names

Andrea, Barry, Chantal, Dorian, Erin, Fernand, Gabrielle, Humberto, Imelda, Jerry, Karen, Lorenzo, Melissa, Nestor, Olga, Pablo, Rebekah, Sebastien, Tanya, Van, Wendy

2018 Tropical Storm Names

Alberto Beryl Chris Debby Ernesto Florence Gordon Helen Isaac Joyce Kirk Leslie Michael Nadine Oscar Patty Rafael Sara Tony Valerie William

2017 Tropical Storm Names

Arlene, Bret, Cindy, Don, Emily, Franklin, Gert, Harvey, Irma, Jose, Katia, Lee, Maria, Nate, Ophelia, Philippe, Rina, Sean, Tammy, Vince, Whitney

2016 Tropical Storm Names

Alex, Bonnie, Colin, Danielle, Earl, Fiona, Gaston, Hermine, Ian, Julia, Karl, Lisa, Matthew, Nicole, Otto, Paula, Richard, Shary, Tobias, Virginie, Walter

2015 Tropical Storm Names

Ana, Bill, Claudette, Danny, Erika, Fred, Grace, Henri, Ida, Joaquin, Kate, Larry, Mindy, Nicholas, Odette, Peter, Rose, Sam, Teresa, Victor, Wanda

2014 Tropical Storm Names

Arthur, Bertha, Cristobal, Dolly, Edouard, Fay, Gonzalo, Hanna, Isaias, Josephine, Kyle, Laura, Marco, Nana, Omar, Paulette, Rene, Sally, Teddy, Vicky, Wilfred

2015 Tropical Storm Names

Andrea, Barry, Chantal, Dorian, Erin, Fernand, Gabrielle, Humberto, Ingrid, Jerry, Karen, Lorenzo, Melissa, Nestor, Olga, Pablo, Rebekah, Sebastien, Tanya, Van, Wendy

2012 Tropical Storm Names

Alberto, Beryl, Chris, Debby, Ernesto, Florence, Gordon, Helene, Isaac, Joyce, Kirk, Leslie, Michael, Nadine, Oscar, Patty, Rafael, Sandy, Tony, Valerie, William

2011 Tropical Storm Names

Arlene, Bret, Cindy, Don, Emily, Franklin, Gert, Harvey, Irene, Jose, Katia, Lee, Maria, Nate, Ophelia, Philippe, Rina, Sean, Tammy, Vince, Whitney

2010 Tropical Storm Names

Alex; Bonnie; Colin; Danielle; Earl; Fiona; Gaston; Hermine; Igor; Julia; Karl; Lisa; Matthew; Nicole; Otto; Paula; Richard; Shary; Tomas; Virginie; Walter

2009 Tropical Storm Names

Ana; Bill; Claudette; Danny; Erika; Fred; Grace; Henri; Ida; Joaquin; Kate; Larry; Mindy; Nicholas; Odette; Peter; Rose; Sam; Teresa; Victor; Wanda

2008 Tropical Storm Names

Arthur; Bertha; Cristobal; Dolly; Edouard; Fay; Gustav; Hanna; Ike; Josephine; Kyle; Laura; Marco; Nana; Omar; Paloma; Rene; Sally; Teddy; Vicky; Wilfred

Why Do We Name Tropical Storms?

In earlier times, tropical storms were unceremoniously named after places they hit, christian saints or events that occurred around the time of the storm. This was in an effort to identify the storm for reference purposes. Storms were essentially given names so that they can be easily identified. In the past, before storms were named, there was confusion when referring to storms occurring simultaneously in different areas. This practice now allows information to be shared more accurately, and it reduces any chances of error when referring to a particular storm.

References:

National Hurricane Centre: Tropical Cyclone Naming History and Retired Names
National Ocean Service: Why do we name tropical storms and hurricanes?
Weather Underground: Atlantic Storms Retired Into Hurricane History

Welcome to Storm Preppers!

Welcome to the Storm Preppers website!

If you live in a tropical weather zone, then there is no dispute surrounding the fact that you must be prepared for tropical storms.

Don’t be scared and overwhelmed by all of the information that’s floating around about tropical weather systems. The aim of the team here at Storm Preppers is to weed out all of the misinformation and provide the hard, cold truth so that you can be adequately prepared for whatever comes your way.

This beginners’ guide is the first place to start for key information about tropical depressions, tropical storms, hurricanes and other tropical weather systems.

Common Tropical Storm Myths

One of the biggest issues with tropical weather systems comes from myths and misinformation. These inaccurate bits of information do not add value and may cause more harm than good. The truth is that these myths should be ignored, so that you can plan smartly for the tropical weather that may impact your area.

Myth 1: A tropical storm has never hit my area, so I am safe. The truth is that no area within the tropical storm belt is safe. Hurricanes have hit places that have never been impacted by a hurricane or even a tropical storm.

Myth 2: Tropical weather systems only happen in the summer months. If you’re familiar with the hurricane season, then you know that the season officially ends on November 30, which is into fall and on the cusp of winter.

Myth 3: Tropical storms only hit the Caribbean. In the last few years, this myth has been proven to be a lie. Tropical storms and hurricanes that pass through the Caribbean, almost always end up impacting the United States.

Myth 4: Tropical storms are not intense. Tropical storms can produce winds of up to 73 miles per hour. This wind, coupled with rain can devastate any area that is prone to flooding and mud slides.

Myth 5: The most dangerous element of a storm is wind. Storms have many variables that can alter their intensity, and wind is only one of them. People should be concerned about the impact of excessive rain, lightning and storm surge.

Myth 6: Only coastal areas are impacted by tropical storms. Tropical storms and hurricanes are not picky. Yes, the first impact point will be a coastal area, but the system can travel inland bringing all of its baggage with it.

Myth 7: All is well when the storm is over. When the storm is over, more severe dangers may persist. Flooding, mud slides and downed electric wires and poles are only some of the dangers that remain in the aftermath of the storm.

Myth 8: Only places in the direct path of a tropical storm will be impacted. Tropical weather systems have associated wind and rain bands that stretch for miles from the eye of the storm, which can impact areas miles away from the point of direct impact.

Why You Should Follow Storm Preppers

Preparing for a tropical storm is a serious task and my goal is to prepare you as much as possible.

Storm Preppers is for people who want to:

  • Prepare for tropical storms
  • Protect their family, pets and themselves
  • Create an actionable disaster plan
  • Build a robust tropical storm supplies kit

My team and I cover a variety of tropical storm topics related to these goals. Some examples of things we talk about include:

Why are we Different?

In the last few years, many survivalist websites have been created to prepare people for almost every type of disaster. And, with so much information out there, we decided to create a resource that’s dedicated to one type of disaster – tropical storms. At Storm Preppers, we do the following:

  • Break it down – Not everyone understands the nitty gritty about tropical storms. Sometimes the jargon is so confusing, that the message about the impending tropical storm gets lost. We break down the confusing jargon and explain it in an easy to understand manner that you can follow.
  • Provide honest advice – We will tell you the truth about tropical storms. We do not want to scare you, but if you have a clear idea of the danger that you are facing, then you will be able to be better prepared.
  • Offer a step by step approach – No two tropical storms are exactly alike, but they usually follow the similar patterns. We present our advice in a series of actionable steps that you can follow with ease.
  • Understand that slip ups are normal – Not every storm is predictable and not every model will get the information right 100% of the time. We always respect the opinions of our meteorologists who keep us informed even when they are not 100% spot on with their information.
  • Give an unbiased view – Some meteorologists are only concerned about a tropical storm when it’s guaranteed to affect their area. We strive to provide unbiased tropical storm advice, that can be utilized by anyone, from anywhere in the world that faces the wrath of tropical storms.

How to Use This Site

You can find our top guides on the home page and in the main menu bar. These guides, namely the Central Storm Station and the Tropical Storm Toolbox, are free for you to use and share as many times as you wish. For the latest storm news you can follow our blog, which also reviews products that can assist in your tropical storm preparations.

We’re also on Instagram, so be sure to follow us so that you can be updated when we post new information. Remember to subscribe to our website because our email subscribers benefit from extra content that will assist in their tropical storm preparedness activities.

References:

Silive: 9 Hurricane Myths Debunked
Weather: Hurricane Season 2016: 10 Myths Debunked
People’s Trust: Debunking 5 Common Myths about Hurricanes