Although September typically has the most hurricane and storm activity on the Atlantic coastline, the season is just about to gear up (as of June 1), which means it’s time to have a solid preparedness/relief plan in place and ready to go.
The past few years have marked historic records for the number of storms experienced nationwide. For the 2021 season, 13 to 20 storms and three to five major hurricanes were predicted. But when it came down to it, the 2021 season produced 21 named storms including seven hurricanes — with four becoming major hurricanes with winds of 111 mph or greater — marking yet another unprecedented year for hurricanes and severe tropical storms.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) provides storm range expectations with a 70% confidence level. Their focus is on the Atlantic hurricane season that occurs during June 1 through November 30 each year. For first responders and local emergency response agencies, making plans for disaster relief base camps can be extremely helpful for streamlining the support needed for withstanding (during and the aftermath of) when hurricanes hit.
What is a Hurricane Season?
According to the NOAA, an active hurricane season is defined as having at least 13 named storms, seven hurricanes, three major hurricanes and a total of 111 accumulated cyclone energy units as defined by the organization. In 2020, we saw a record 30 storms with 13 becoming hurricanes and six major hurricanes. (The previous record was 2005 with 28 storms and 15 hurricanes.)
All of that is to say that 2022 is also shaping up to be a highly active season for hurricanes.
Preparing for Hurricane Season
Deployable base camps are one of the most practical tools for relief workers after a major storm. These disaster relief base camps offer a comfortable and mobile lodging solution that provides valuable assistance for areas impacted by hurricanes and other devastating storms. Within a base camp, it’s the most beneficial to have all of the essentials needed to keep relief workers comfortable and ready to work.
Base Camp Essentials for Relief
- Full-service laundry facilities, ideal for cleaning clothes after a hard day of work.
- Use climate-controlled mobile sleeping trailers to provide privacy while ensuring the most restful sleep for your relief team.
- Food and potable water can be served to your workers and to those in need from a mobile trailer equipped with power for refrigeration and cooking needs. This will provide added comfort and support for your team during their relief efforts.
Finding What You Need
Touching base with a company that provides customized disaster relief base camps is a practical first step toward preparing for potential hurricane rescue and relief operations in your area. By taking advantage of the experience and expertise of these resources, you will be able to provide the best possible services for the communities you serve.