Welcome to Hurricane Season!
If you live in the southeast US, the storm in the Gulf is the second reminder that the season, which runs from June 1 to November 30, is here. There has already been one named storm, and the prediction is for 17 named storms, 9 hurricanes, and 5 major hurricanes. A “major” hurricane is classified as a Category 3, 4 or 5 storm, based on maximum sustained wind gust. For a major storm, this wind speed begins at 111 miles an hour and goes up from there.
I just led a workshop this morning for the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce on business continuity and disaster planning. We had over 62 attendees, which is high for these kinds of meetings. In conjunction with three other experts, I led people through the disaster plan workbook from the Dept. of Homeland Security (www.ready.gov/business) so participants will leave with parts of the plan in place, and with an action plan for completing the work.
I’ll write more about this later on, but for my southeastern counterparts: pack your hurricane and evacuation boxes, and start on your own plans.