What we learned from the 2020 Hurricane Season
Unpredictable. That’s one word that comes to mind when you look at this 2020 hurricane season map. It has been full of twists and turns. Some of us in the Houston/Galveston Gulf Coast Texas area thought for sure we’d see another Hurricane Harvey. We lucked out, while the East Texas and Louisiana coastline was visited repeatedly by storms that just seemed determined to hit its target.
Here we are nearing the end of the season and not only have we run out of names for the storms, but we’ve watched a storm dance around multiple countries and states with almost no predictability.
So, what have we learned?
- We can only predict to a certain point, then we have to rely on the preparations we work on year-long to protect us.
- Weather patterns have changed the typical paths this year, so year after year we have to rely more on prevention and mitigation ahead of time.
- Flood risk maps have changed in recent years. This means that with many factors changing the landscape, flood potential, and weather patterns, there’s no guarantee that if we don’t flood for 10-20 years, we won’t in the future. Hurricane Harvey proved this case.
- Prepare, prepare, prepare. Here are a few tips:
What can we do to prepare for future Hurricane Seasons?
- Stay on top of the changes in your flood risk assessment for your address. It’s not just about how it affects your flood insurance, it’s how it affects the quality of life for your family.
- Look into whether your community has taken steps for future flood mitigation. In the past few years, there have been efforts to provide better drainage, dredging waterways, and even approved grants for either the elevation or reconstruction of communities.
- Do it yourself. If the efforts in your community are insufficient or they have not been awarded funding or approvals for much-needed improvements, you have to find out what you can do to protect your home before the next flood.
- Vet your contractors really well. Lifting an entire home is different than fixing cracked foundations. Take the time to be sure that the contractors you meet with are experienced in lifting homes, lifting homes above 1-2 feet to comply with flood mitigation requirements, and be sure they have completed their home elevations fully with certificates of completion/compliance.
- View our contractor checklist here for more help!