Turks & Caicos Real Estate Blog
Hurricane Season 2011 Turks and Caicos
2011-06-07 21:50:49 by Louise Peterson
May 28 2011......

We've been posting this information on our websites for years. We feel it's best to know when the hurricane season begins, where to look for storm and weather information, and how to prepare in case of an emergency.

Hurricane season starts June 1st and lasts through to the end of November.

This year the National Hurricane Center has predicted activity in the Atlantic comparable to a number of active seasons since 1995. Estimating a 70% probability for each of the following ranges of activity during 2011:
•12-18 Named Storms,
•6-10 Hurricanes,
•3-6 Major Hurricanes.

Have a survival kit and disaster plan ready, here are some suggestions and tips:

Bottled Water - one gallon per person for 72 hours

Flashlights with extra batteries - candles can pose a serious fire hazard should there be propane or gas leaks in the area

Supply of non-perishable food items - protein bars, canned goods (don't forget a can opener!), dried or prepackaged energy food

Medicine - 30 day supply stored in plastic waterproof containers, clearly marked and kept in a zip-lock bag

Eyeglasses

Proper footwear and protective clothing - for post-hurricane

Portable radio and extra batteries

Important Documents - drivers license, passport, medical notes (allergies, medication instructions) important contact numbers, insurance documents, extra cash, ATM and credit cards

Generator - ensure it’s filled and in good working order

Insurance Coverage - for yourself and family, home, boat and vehicles. Is your policy up to date? Note any contact information should you need to make a claim, or contact your provider, in case of injury

Know how to shut off electricity - gas and water if so advised by authorities

Action or Evacuation Plan - hotel, friend's home or shelter, evacuation plan if residing on an island or coastal areas that are remote or vulnerable to storm surge

Let friends and family know how to contact you and where you plan to be, forward land lines to cell phones

Text message rather than voice mail - it uses less battery time and communication is faster

Cell phone and charger, car charger, extra batteries

Care and plan for the safety of your pet - food, water, medicine, bowls, plastic bags, collar with your name and contact info, extra leash, pet crate for transporting, name and number of vet and copies of vaccinations, photo, favorite toy or blanket

Secure hurricane shutters or board your home securely - move all outside items to basement or inside storage, flying debris and items can cause tremendous damage to your home, vehicles and neighborhood

Car, keep the gas tank full - especially important if you live in a remote place or on an island where supplies may be limited or cut-off after a storm

Know where to get information on storm conditions - local radio or TV station, website or through the internet on your cell phone

Secure your boat - consider turning off the EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon) if your boat is docked, secured and unoccupied. When boats with this system start to sink or capsize a signal via a satellite is sent to the nearest emergency satellite call center. These centers need to maintain clear and un-jammed communication lines for satellite phones and emergency personnel during a hurricane

The National Hurricane Center released the following names for 2011 hurricanes.......

Arlene

Bret

Cindy

Don

Emily

Franklin

Gert

Harvey

Irene

Jose

Katia

Lee

Maria

Nate

Ophelia

Philippe

Rina

Sean

Tammy

Vince

and Whitney.

A Storm Surge, what is it? For those residents living on the coast or in the islands a storm surge is something we are always concerned about. Storm surge is water that's pushed toward the shore by winds swirling around the storm. Recent hurricanes have produced storm surges in the neighborhood of 15 feet, combined with winds in excess of 75 miles per hour this can be very dangerous. Water weighs approximately 1700 pounds per cubic yard - extended pounding by frequent waves can demolish structures not specifically designed to withstand these forces.

Please be prepared and have a plan this hurricane season, review it on a yearly basis.

If you are an absentee homeowner arrange for someone to secure the premises in your absence - a neighbor, friend, or property management company.

For more information on tropical storms, hurricane or weather patterns please visit The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (noaa) website.

Blog provided courtesy of Coldwell Banker Real Estate Turks & Caicos.