The National Hurricane Center predicts there could be as many as 20 named tropical systems this season, with nine of them becoming hurricanes.
While there have been three named tropical systems so far this hurricane season, to date it’s off to a relatively quiet start. While hopes are that it stays that way, history and predictions tell us differently. The National Hurricane Center predicts there could be as many as 20 named tropical systems this season, with nine of them becoming hurricanes. And, August usually is when the hurricane season begins to come alive.
There are important steps you can take to make sure you are prepared. While Sumter County is inland, it can still receive heavy rains, high winds and tornadoes. Make sure you have plenty of batteries, backup generator for appliances or sump pump, nonperishable foods, wood to protect doors and windows, and even a tarp in case you need it to cover your roof in case of damage. Make sure drains and gutters are clear so they can better handle heavy rains. Waterproof your crawl space. If possible, have a generator installed at your home that can be used in case there of a prolonged power outage.
“Now is the time to take the necessary preparedness actions if you want to be as ready as possible for a hurricane,” said David Castro, director of emergency management for Sumter County. “Being prepared also provides a level of re-assurance and minimizes the stress of trying accomplish tasks at the last minute when there will be competition for obtaining supplies, etc.”
Castro says if you follow the seven key steps for the season, the odds of succeeding through the season likely will be strongest. These steps are:
- Know and understand the hurricane hazards.
- Make a plansuch as where to go in case of an emergency and precautions for any pets and animals.
- Make sure you have enough food and water to last you seven to 14 days. Don’t forget your pets. You can get good ideas of what items you will need at SumterPrepares.com.
- Review your homeowner and business coverages with your insurance provider. Find out what is covered and not covered before you file a claim.
- Strengthen your home such as protecting windows, garages and doors.
- Stay informed by signing up AlertSumter. Sumter County can send you an alert to let you know of severe weather directly to your telephone, text and email.
- Help your neighbors, especially for those that need extra assistance.
More information at Sumter Prepares