All travelers need to be aware of hurricane season and what that means for your travel plans.
Hurricane season is officially here again, running from June 1st to November 30th in the Atlantic, and from May 15th to November 30th in the Eastern Pacific. What’s in store for 2014? According to Colorado State University, the season is supposed to be less active than normal. But, that doesn’t mean that the hurricanes that do make landfall won’t be extremely damaging. Even vacation destinations that are not on the coast can be affected by severe weather. No matter the year, it’s important to prepare for traveling during hurricane season. Here are a few tips:
Review your destination’s evacuation procedure and know where you need to go and how to get there in the event of a tropical storm, severe weather or tornado.
Monitor Weather Conditions
Pay attention to the daily weather forecast. Is there a tropical storm or severe weather brewing? If the words “evacuation” or “take cover” are mentioned, take it seriously and take shelter. If you have time to evacuate before a forecasted storm hits, or need assistance departing as soon as possible in the aftermath of a storm, travel insurance can assist you in getting home safely.
Contact any friends and family in the event that they need to be evacuated to an emergency shelter. Let them know your status/location and what’s going on.
Travel Insurance (very important!)
Before traveling, pick a travel insurance plan that offers 24/7 travel assistance in re-booking flights out of an area or for other types of emergency travel assistance. Travel insurance plans can also provide coverage for medical expenses and emergency medical evacuations, as well as reimbursement for pre-paid, non-refundable trip costs in the event that inclement weather causes the cancellation or interruption of your travel.
Contact us with any questions regarding how to obtain travel insurance and for more detailed information about the different travel insurance companies.