The start of the 2023 Atlantic Hurricane Season is just around the corner, with the official season occurring from June 1 through November 30. National Hurricane Preparedness Week is April 30-May 6, 2023. Therefore, now is the time to prepare for a seasonal event that seems to be becoming stronger and more dangerous.
The 2023 Atlantic hurricane season has more uncertainty than usual, says a recent report by The Weather Channel.
The Weather Company, an IBM Business, and Atmospheric G2, are forecasting 15 named storms, seven of which are projected to become hurricanes and three of which are projected to reach Category 3 status or stronger.
According to the ready.gov, hurricanes are dangerous and can cause major damage from storm surge, wind damage, rip currents and flooding, with storm surge historically the leading cause of hurricane-related deaths in the United States.
Since Texas is a hurricane-prone state, and the start of hurricane season is on the horizon, it is important to prepare early for the storms that are potentially just weeks away.
There are multiple ways to prepare.
- Know Your Hurricane Risk.
Rain, wind, water and tornadoes can affect areas hundreds of miles from the coast and where a storm makes landfall. Therefore, it is important to know how a coastal weather event could affect your community even if you are far from a hurricane.
- Start Preparing Now.
It’s never too early to be prepared for an emergency. Hurricane preparation includes having necessary supplies and first aid equipment. One useful product is a generator. United Tool and Fastener sells Generac Generators in a variety of sizes, which can get you through a loss of power event of a few hours to several days or longer.
Additional necessary supplies include water (one gallon per person per day for several days), hydration mixes, non-perishable food, batteries, flashlights, first aid kits, whistles, and dust masks. United Tool and Fastener is proud to carry the aforementioned items minus the food.
- Know Your Evacuation Zone.
Keep alert to local news outlets to know the best way to evacuate should the need arise. Practice the evacuation route with family and pets and know where to stay. Be sure to follow the instructions from local emergency agencies for appropriate safety measures.
- Gather supplies.
Make a list of necessary supplies and have enough (to last for several days) of those supplies stored in your vehicle trunk for your household (including pet supplies, medications, and disinfectants).
Additional hurricane and storm information can be found at www.noaa.gov/hurricane-prep. To learn more about the various storm preparation products UT&F sells, including Generac Generators, water, first aid kits, batteries and dust masks, please call or stop by one of our showrooms: in Houston at 713-692-2323; in San Antonio at 210-495-8665; or College Station at 979-731-8665.