Hurricane Season in 2020 has gotten off to a premature start. Although the official start to Hurricane Season is June 1, Tropical Storm Arthur formed Saturday, May 16 off the coast of Florida. Arthur then swung along the North Carolina coast before heading back to sea.

Arthur did not have any major impact to land, but is this early storm a sign of a more active season for 2020? The Atlantic Basin has had only 13 named storm formations in May since the satellite era (since 1966). Only one of these has reached hurricane strength – Hurricane Alma in 1970.

The average Atlantic Basin hurricane season comprises of 12 named storms, with 3 being major hurricanes. NOAA has forecasted an above average season for 2020 with 13 – 19 named storms, and 3-6 major hurricanes.

What does this mean for Community Associations? Be sure to talk to your Property Management Company about your specific hurricane plan, including preparation (now) and response after the storm. Below are 4 key points that can apply to all Community Associations.

  • Communication– It is important to be able to have the ability to effectively communicate to all your residents in the event of an emergency. Seasonal residents or residents absent during hurricane season MUST secure their units before the season starts. In addition, they must have a plan to check their units after a storm hits.
  • Insurance Policy – The Board of Directors should have a good understanding of their insurance policy. Be sure to adequately document your community before and after the storm, in the event you need to use your insurance.
  • Secure Common Areas – This goes without saying! However, it is important to try to finish any common element projects before hurricane season (if possible).
  • Vendors – Have a vendor list ready for landscaping, debris removal, mold remediation. If possible, have hurricane contingencies written out in your contracts.

It is always best to prepare for the worst, but hope for the best, especially in regard to hurricanes.

For additional information on preparing your association for hurricane season, click here. And, to get tips on preparing your association’s landscaping for hurricane season, click here.

By PJ Biondolillo, Campbell Management
Unofficial Hurricane Tracker and Big Wave Seeking Surfer