Be Prepared for the 2023 Atlantic Hurricane Season

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Hurricane season resources

Hurricane season is in full swing and we want everyone to stay safe. Here are some resources if you or a loved one are impacted by the coming storm.

Need to Know from SafeWise
  • The Atlantic hurricane season begins in June and runs through November, with 12-17 named storms expected.
  • Major storms from the hurricane season could cause billions of dollars of damage nationwide.
  • The rest of the world is dealing with significant storms, including Cyclone Biparjoy in the Indian Ocean, impacting India and Pakistan.
  • It’s essential to check your home insurance policy and your in-home drainage systems to protect against water damage during hurricane season.

The Atlantic hurricane season began this month and will run through the end of November. While experts are predicting a “slightly below-normal” hurricane season, we could still see 12-17 named storms with a few major Category 3-5 hurricanes.

As hurricane season ramps up, it’s important to beware of how water and wind can impact your home and family. While the Atlantic hurricane season is relatively predictable, major storms can wreak havoc in communities, destroying homes and livelihoods.

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Hurricane season begins in the Atlantic as a significant cyclone in the Indian Ocean makes landfall in India and Pakistan. Cyclone Biparjoy has already spurred over 170,000 evacuations in the two countries, with the emergency agencies predicting 10-13 foot storm surges and winds up to 77 miles per hour.

As the U.S. prepares for hurricanes, the rest of the world deals with significant storms, all of which are leading to “escalating hazards” for the global population.

Protecting your home from hurricanes

If you live on the East Coast or near the Gulf of Mexico, protecting your home from hurricanes is vital. SafeWise asked Tim Tracy at Groundworks for some tips, and he offered some recommendations.

  • Check the foundation drainage system and your sump pump. Ensure you have a functioning sump pump and a generator to power it if it goes out. It’s also important to check your roof and repair any issues before hurricanes.
  • Review your home insurance. Storm flooding isn’t always covered, so check in with your agent and make sure you’re prepared for everything.
  • Water from hurricanes tends to cause more damage than wind, so you want to do everything possible to prevent your home from flooding.
  • SafeWise experts recommend three crucial steps if your house floods: “Stop the water at the source, turn off electricity (only if you can do so without stepping into water), and evacuate the premises.” From there, you’ll want to contact your insurer or landlord, document everything that happened, and clean up to prevent further damage.
  • If you have kids at home, you’ll want to prepare them for the potential of hurricanes and flooding. That includes informing them about shelter-in-place and what to do if the area floods.
  • After the storm, it’s essential to be prepared for the damage that can linger, including unclean and clogged gutters. Then, check out our flooding guide to learn how to handle flood damage.
  • Finally, it’s vital to have an emergency kit with essentials like water, food, first aid, communication devices, and light.

This year’s hurricane season is predicted to be below average, but if we’ve learned anything about weather and nature in the last few months, it’s to prepare for the unexpected.

Alex Kerai
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Alex Kerai
Alex began writing for student newspapers and has managed to turn that into a career. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he wrote about small businesses for Biz2Credit and Before that, he spent time in communications for higher education institutions, created marketing materials for nonprofits, and worked for entertainment companies in Los Angeles. Today, he reports on emerging consumer trends and his work can be seen on The Penny Hoarder, SafeWise,,,,,,, and When he's not writing, Alex watches too much TV, plays guitar, reads and writes fiction, and goes on nature walks.

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