The recent 2017 hurricane season showed us just how devastating these weather events can be, with massive damage caused throughout the USA and Puerto Rico. While going on a holiday from June to November around the Atlantic can cause travellers a bit of stress, it can also make visiting a destination much more affordable – attracting many to the Caribbean Islands and coastlines of Central America. If you choose to travel to hurricane impacted areas, following these steps will help you be prepared and keep you safe if your destination is hit.
Do your research
Knowing all the potential risks is a major step in being prepared in a hurricane prone area. This can include knowing what the weather conditions are like, what areas can be impacted by flooding and what dangerous hot spots to avoid. Doing your own research online and monitoring the weather through different weather apps will help you stay updated and in the know. Make sure to also book accommodation in more populated areas rather than opting for a remote experience so that you have better access to help if it is needed.
Build in flexibility to your plans
Flexibility and adaptability is key to preparing yourself for a trip during hurricane season. The fact is, if a hurricane hits, travel becomes near impossible – and your safety should be your number one priority. Booking flexible flights, and accommodation with courteous refund policies can help protect your money and mean you can rebook another time if necessary.
The destination you visit will have emergency procedures and plans in place, in case of a crisis. If you believe a hurricane is on its way, ask your hotel staff what you should do and make sure to listen. They have likely faced situations like this before and will be able to advise you on their safety precautions. Our assistance team are also available 24/7 to provide you with updates as well as help source and book travel options where possible to get you out of a dangerous environment. So, make you have our number saved.
Be aware of the aftermath
The greatest threat to your personal safety is usually during a storm and in the immediate aftermath when high winds can topple trees and produce deadly flying debris. Heavy rain can produce flash floods and storm surges can present another deadly threat. To stay safe, be smart. If the worst of the storm is over, but winds are still high don’t go out to inspect the damage. Wait a sufficient amount of time for the full impact to settle and leave it to the emergency services to do their job.
While you may think the event of a hurricane is unlikely, they can still happen. Being prepared, doing your research and staying updated are the most important ways to stay safe.