Hurricane season is upon us, and according to a forecast by The Weather Company, the Atlantic is expected to have the most active year since 2012.
The Weather Company is forecasting 14 named storms and eight hurricanes, three of which are expected to be major.
If you plan on traveling this season, it is important to take precautions and familiarize yourself with hurricane facts and hurricane safety tips.
For this reason we compiled a list of five tips for traveling safely during hurricane season.
1. When are hurricanes most likely to occur?
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, hurricane season for the Atlantic is June to November, and for the Northeastern Pacific it is May to November.
The majority of storms occur between August and October. The biggest peak occurs in September and another peak in October.
2. Where are hurricanes most likely to occur?
There are many areas where hurricanes will form, but you should use extreme caution if traveling to areas in the Atlantic Basin, Eastern Pacific, or Western Pacific.
3. Familiarize yourself with hurricane safety tips
Before a hurricane approaches it is important to know your destination’s evacuation routes, prepare a disaster kit that includes a first aid kit, flashlight, extra clothing, canned food and bottled water.
You can also use AccuWeather’s zip-code specific weather alerts to receive e-mails of all your current and future destinations.
During a hurricane it is important to avoid flood prone areas and stick to higher ground when possible. Many hotels in hurricane prone regions have processes in place to keep their guests safe. If you have any questions consult your hotel’s staff.
After a hurricane it is important to remain indoors, avoid tap water, and stay away from standing water until the proper personnel have deemed it safe.
4. Consider taking a cruise during hurricane season
If you’re looking for a tropical getaway during hurricane season a cruise is a great option. Most cruise lines can and will adjust course based on a storm and detour to different ports.
5. Purchase travel insurance
Trip Cancellation and Interruption benefits cover you if:
- your home is made uninhabitable by a hurricane
- your destination is made uninhabitable by a hurricane
- mandatory evacuation is ordered by local authorities at your destination due to hurricane
Trip Delay benefit covers you if:
- a hurricane or closure of public roadways is issued by government authorities
Travelex Insurance Services plans are underwritten by Transamerica Casualty Insurance Company, Columbus, Ohio; NAIC #10952. Travel Assistance & Concierge Services are provided by the designated provider as listed in the Description of Coverage. For a summary of the plan details on coverages, benefits, limitations and exclusions of the insurance plan, please refer to the applicable Description of Coverage and/or Group Certificate/Individual Policy. 1542880A