It’s the beginning of an already active Atlantic hurricane season. While preparing for hurricane season goes a long way, so does maintaining marinas throughout the season in case of unexpected or changing weather conditions. In the past 100 years, Atlantic hurricanes have wreaked havoc as far north as Halifax, Nova Scotia, and as far south as the Caribbean islands and Central America. If you operate a marina or yacht club in this hurricane-prone region, it’s not too late to take steps to control loss.
To start, it’s ideal to have a hurricane emergency action plan developed before hurricane season begins. A formal, written plan should include:
Your hurricane emergency action plan will guide your preparation when under a hurricane watch. Below are a few tips on how to handle a hurricane prior to its arrival:
72 to 48 Hours Prior to Hurricane
48 to 36 Hours Prior to Hurricane
36 Hours Prior to Hurricane
Once the hurricane has passed, be extremely aware of where you walk on the facility. Pay special attention to downed electrical wires or leaking gas or diesel to avoid any harm from the aftereffect of the storm. Taking preventative measures before, during, and after a hurricane can help reduce the risk and danger at your marina or yacht club.
For more tips, download our Preparing Marinas for Hurricane Season checklist.
John Venneman is Senior Marine Surveyor for Chubb’s Marine Risk Management Group. He has over 20 years of experience as a marine surveyor and risk management professional and also serves on the National Fire Protection Association’s Technical Committee on Marinas and Boatyards.
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