When hurricanes make landfall, they can cause massive damage from powerful winds, heavy rainfall, flooding, tornadoes, and landslides.
Hurricanes can travel up to 200 miles inland. Although hurricanes are often downgraded to tropical storms as they move inland, these storms can cause massive damage in their own right: flooding, significant damage to property, and in the worst case scenarios, injury and loss of life.
In 2021, 8 hurricanes made landfall in the United States with Ida alone killing 91 people and doing $65 billion in damages.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts 2022 will be a bad year for hurricanes. NOAA estimates that up to 6 major hurricanes could make landfall before the 2022 season is over.
When is Hurricane Season?
There are many different hurricane seasons. The Atlantic Hurricane season is the period of the year from June to September when hurricanes and tropical storms typically form in the Atlantic ocean and can reach some American states.
For tropical storms and hurricanes in the Atlantic that reach land, the months when you are in least danger of experiencing a hurricane are June and July. The most dangerous month is September.
When is Hurricane Season in Florida?
While hurricanes in Florida can occur at any time during hurricane season, the middle of August until late October is the most common period for hurricanes to make landfall in Florida.
Northwest Florida, near the Panhandle, is the area of the state where hurricanes are most likely.
We mention Florida because it is the state most impacted by hurricanes. More than 41% of all U.S. hurricanes since 1851 have made landfall in Florida.
When is Hurricane Season in Texas?
Texas has the second-highest occurrence of hurricanes in the United States. August is the most active month for hurricanes in the Lone Star State, closely followed by September.
Whether you live near the Gulf or on the Eastern seaboard, you need to prepare your community for a hurricane during the summer months.
In this article, MCA will offer tips and emergency preparedness checklists for dealing with hurricanes and other natural disasters that may strike your community.
Disaster Response from MCA
When a community experiences a natural disaster such as a hurricane, tornado, or severe storm, MCA will work tirelessly with public relief organizations, local governments, and citizens to reestablish communication and regain control of the situation.
We offer mission-critical communications in voice, data, and video that help communities across the country prepare and respond when disaster strikes.
For emergency managers at the local, state, and federal level, MCA is devoted to providing humanitarian aid and critical support for disaster relief efforts.
Disaster Preparedness Checklist
Preparing for communications challenges is essential to any emergency preparedness checklist. During a catastrophe, you need to stay connected with first responders, disaster relief crews, and your community.
Make sure you’re properly equipped for hurricane season or any disaster that may impact your community by referencing the checklist below.
- A Surplus of Two-Way Radios: Prepare for needing at least 15% more two-way radios than you currently have to give to assisting agencies and volunteers.
- Two-Way Radio Chargers and Antennas: Plan on having 15% more radio chargers and antennas as well.
- Programming Cables: Many radios can’t be programmed over the air, but need to be connected by cable to a computer in order to make talkgroups. Again, the 15% more rule applies in this case.
- Software Updates: Don’t be caught with radios that don’t work during and after a disaster because you didn’t make necessary software updates. Check with MCA to see what your radio systems need to function properly.
- Replacement Parts: Make sure you have the necessary replacement parts for all your communication equipment.
- Check Fuel Generators: Test and fuel generators for at least 8 hours. Controller boards tend to fail after a few hours if and when they have power distribution issues.
- Test Coastal Alerting Systems: Any near-shore community knows that they need mass notification systems to alert the public of dangerous weather conditions. test them regularly to make sure they are operating as intended. If your systems need an update, click here to learn more.
- Verify Spare Equipment: Take stock of spare equipment, antennas, and line infrastructure boards to ensure you have the correct versions of each.
- Prep Site-On-Wheels: Locate any site-on-wheels in the area and place them on standby.
- Contact Your Crews: Reach out to local tower crews for any post-storm restorations.
- Line Up Your Technicians: Identify any technicians outside the disaster zone who can help in disaster recovery efforts.
- Contact All PSAPs (Public Safety Answering Points): Connect with all the public safety supervisors and managers in your area to ensure they have what they need.
- Contact Your EOCs (Emergency Operations Centers): Make sure your emergency operations centers are well-stocked with water, snacks, and other non-perishable food items.
- Stock Up on Portable Networking Devices: Connectivity devices such as the TRaCK Box provide users a portable and rapidly deployable network to temporarily reestablish communications after a disaster has struck.
Responding Effectively to a Disaster
From the communities we’ve helped in their disaster relief and recovery efforts, the resiliency of the people we’ve served consistently stands out.
At the same time, when it comes to responding to a natural disaster such as a hurricane, you need to be prepared for everything. MCA helps emergency managers and the communities they serve to ensure that they have the communication equipment they need to brave any catastrophic event.
Our communications equipment and solutions run the gamut: from two-way radio systems and devices to portable networking solutions, MCA will work with you and your community to reestablish communications after a hurricane or other natural disaster.