With Hurricane Season in full swing, experts are predicting to see a near-normal hurricane season in both the Atlantic Basin, including the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico, and the Eastern Pacific this year. If you plan on traveling to storm-prone regions you should carefully consider the potential dangers and inconveniences associated with your trip prior to finalizing plans. It is important to always be prepared, and take into consideration the following tips to ensure your safety this season!
- Start by purchasing an insurance plan that provides coverage in the event of a Tropical Storm or Hurricane.
- Read the fine print on any hurricane guarantees. Some resorts offer a hurricane guarantee, but be sure to read and understand the fine print before you go. You may get only a portion of your money back or you may be offered a voucher for a future stay just for those nights your trip was affected.
- Organize an emergency kit in a waterproof container that included a supply of bottled water, non-perishable food items, a battery-powered or hand-crank radio, and vital documents (especially your passport and other identification). Emergency shelters often provide only very basic resources and may have limited medical and food supplies.
- Although you can’t wait to relax and unplug for your vacation, you should monitor local radio and other media, including the National Weather Center, to be aware of weather developments–Minor tropical storms can develop into hurricanes or typhoons quickly, limiting the time available for a safe evacuation.
- Inform family and friends of your whereabouts.
- Remain in close contact with your tour operator, hotel staff, transportation providers (airlines, cruise lines, etc.), and local officials for evacuation instructions during a weather emergency.
- If you are traveling abroad, registering with your country’s Embassy or Consulate prior to departure will ensure that you receive the most up to date travel advisories.
Most importantly, don’t panic and remain calm!
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