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Hurricane Season Winds Down, But Preparedness is a Year-Round Activity

With Atlantic hurricane season ending Nov. 30, its time to reflect on this year’s events and identify ways to be better prepared for 2020.

There were 17 named storms in 2019, which continued the trend of four consecutive years with above average tropical storm activity. This year’s hurricane season also tied 2017 and 1936 for the fifth most named storms and was the fourth consecutive year with a hurricane reaching category 5 status.

The U.S. was most severely impacted by Hurricane Dorian and Tropical Storm Imelda. Dorian devasted the Bahamas before making landfall again in North Carolina. However, parts of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and Virginia were also impacted, raising the damage estimates to more than $1 billion. Additionally, Imelda brought Texas 1-in-1,000-year rainfall totals resulting in major flooding.

This year’s hurricane season highlights that we are in a period of above average activity and that these storms can produce significant damage whether they are powerful hurricanes or tropical storms. The key is preparedness and that means starting early by preparing your home and property, developing emergency plans and an emergency supply kit, contacting your insurance agent or company and review your property insurance policy, purchasing flood insurance, and creating a home inventory.

APCIA has a wide range of resources available to help homeowners and business prepare and recover from hurricane season and we remind everyone to educate themselves about their insurance protection and how it works. Follow us on Twitter @TeamAPCIA and use #HurricanePrep or #HaveAPlan to keep the conversation going.