Sometimes, we may need to travel even if the weather is bad. But we have to make sure that we are safe and we are ready so that we can still have fun even if there is a threat for a bad weather, such as a hurricane.
This year, the hurricane season will be more active, based on the latest season forecast released by Colorado State University.
So, what do we need to know about the hurricane season especially if we are planning to travel? Here are some points to take note of.
1. Always be prepared. You have to get ready for whatever may happen. Always the telephone number and address of your hotel written in a piece of paper. Communicate with your tour operators, cruise company, airlines, hotel staff, and local officials for possible evacuation instructions. Monitor everything on the radio, television or through the internet. You also have to enroll on the State Dept.’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) so you can receive important information from the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
2. Avail travel insurance. Do not think twice in getting travel insurance because this will protect you from financial loss while on a trip. If getting one, make sure that you know the coverage of your insurance. According to travel insurance expert Allianz, in order to avail the insurance for weather-related cancellation, "the hurricane or other weather event must force your airline, cruise line or tour operator to stop offering all services for at least 24 hours."
3. Evacuation. If you are told to evacuate, do not wait until the situation becomes very dangerous. It is recommended to leave days before the predicted landfall to ensure safety. Also, bring with you a road map because GPS service will be disrupted when there is a storm. Make sure that your car is filled with gas and you bring with you food and extra clothes. Bringing extra cash in case of such emergencies will also be useful.
4. Be alert during the storm. If you are staying in the hotel during the storm, make sure that you are far from the ocean. Move furniture and other items against the window and get an upstairs floor, Travel Pulse suggested. Also, stock up non-perishable foods and water bottles and fill the fridge with food. Since there is a big chance that electricity will be cut, you have to charge all your devices.