Each year from roughly August through November, the conditions are just right. Warm waters near the equator in the Atlantic Ocean create moist air which rises upward, creating low pressure below. This cycling becomes an engine of air flows and energetic atmospheric conditions which create a hurricane, nature’s largest storm.
First and foremost: Play it safe
Being prepared for the worst is prudent advice for anyone in or near hurricane country. So, consider the basics first. Here’s a detailed breakdown of what you’ll need when preparing for hurricane season. Evacuate means just that, so have a packing list prepared and secure what you leave behind.
Three things to understand about hurricanes:
Why more of us are affected by hurricanes
Electrical disruptions and outages can reach for hundreds of miles. The storms and rough weather spun off from a hurricane can deliver brown-outs, blackouts, and surges to electrical systems miles and miles away from the center of the storm.
Trending demographics will show you there’s been notable population growth in the Southern and Southeastern portions of the U.S. Sure, baby-boomers are retiring and often headed to warmer climates. But good jobs are also pulling population groups to these areas.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the top five fastest-growing populations are all within reach of typical hurricane paths, and outages could have a halo-effect, extending the damage for miles beyond these urban centers:
Remote work is growing, and so are power needs
The terms: working from home, telecommuting, or working remotely are all becoming more commonplace. With numbers more than doubling since 2005, 4.7 million employees (3.4% of the workforce) now work from home at least half the time. That currently puts roughly 30% of remote workers within reach of hurricanes.
Why does this matter? With most companies, at-home employees are often responsible for the well-being of their equipment or the property of the company. It’s worth having the right backup and surge protection equipment to provide peace of mind for your remote workspace.
Three simple ways to safeguard your electrical system
1. Surge protectors are the first line of defense against the unpredictable forces of severe weather.
2. When things go dark, a UPS provides you critical time to react.
3. Riding out the storm? Be smart about using a backup generator.
Stay far ahead of every storm
Don’t think you need to be in the direct path of a hurricane to witness power damage. Tornadoes, lightning, high winds, and heavy rains are often the residual destruction that can spin off hundreds of miles from the center of a hurricane. Take smart precautions today, use advanced power protection technology to safeguard your digital life, and livelihood. Contact us today!
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