How to plan for hurricane season
Every year hurricanes pose a threat to the Gulf and Atlantic coasts of the U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean. As a boater, you should know how to keep your boat safe when a hurricane approaches.
More powerful than tropical storms, hurricanes start when winds reach 74 mph. They form over ocean waters between 5 and 20 degrees north or south of the equator. Hurricanes average between 200 and 500 miles in diameter, making them the most destructive weather events on Earth. On average, hurricanes cause about $10 billion in damage per storm, making it vital for you to prepare for these treacherous storms and know how to keep yourself and your boat safe.
Never underestimate the destructive power of hurricanes. You must plan ahead. If your boat is moored or stored along the Gulf of Mexico or Atlantic Coast, it’s imperative to know if and when a hurricane is coming.
To protect your vessel from damage, you need a well-crafted hurricane plan. The plan should detail what should be done to your boat and who should do the work, and it should contain a list of equipment needed to execute the plan.
When creating the plan, include anyone who is expected to take part in your boat’s hurricane preparation, such as dock mates or the marina staff. Many decisions go into developing your plan, one of the most important being your choice of storage location.
With a plan to follow, you’ll know what to do and when to do it. Having a plan will keep you, your boat and your family safe when a hurricane threatens.
If you live in a hurricane-prone area, you need to create a hurricane plan for your boat. Always ask your marina management what their hurricane plan is and what procedures are in place to handle major storms. Use this information as a guide when formulating your own plan.
Knowing how long it takes to protect your boat from the storm will help you decide when to initiate your plan.
Take our online “Hurricane Preparation for Boaters” course to learn more.