States along the Atlantic Ocean know that while summer can be a blissful three months, it is important to remember the possibilities for hurricanes. Earlier this year, New York City and Miami expanded their evacuation maps to help citizens know their evacuation zones in advance.
As of August, the hurricane season is halfway over, but this is considered the height of the season, according to WMBF News, a South Carolina-based NBC affiliate.
Despite the National Oceanic Atmosphere Administration (NOAA) predicting there would be of 13 to 20 storms this year, the Atlantic coast has been quiet thus far. Nonetheless, parts of South Carolina declared this week to be "Hurricane Week," informing businesses and residents to prepare for possible storms.
WMBF will spend a part of its 6 a.m., 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. broadcasts dedicated to Hurricane Week. Topics range from meteorologists explaining this year's season to informing residents how to create their own continuity of operations plan in case a hurricane happens in their neighborhoods. To keep it educational for all ages, the station will post trivia questions and facts about past storms.
Despite the week-long analysis on the season, many locals think that these systems have not heavily influenced their daily routines because recent storms caused minimal damages.
"That seems to be the point of reference right now, is that all of it was over with quickly, we were back to business in a day and everything was fine," Randy Webster of Horry County Emergency Management told WMBF.
However, the chances of flooded homes in coastal and inland neighborhoods continue to motivate citizens to prepare for the next storm. Practicing evacuation routes in advance can help individuals remember where to go and how to get there quickly. Business continuity consultants can help create a plan that suits the needs of businesses and communities.