One of a diver’s biggest fears is that they will land at a beautiful coastal location only to quickly abandon their vacation because a hurricane is on the horizon.
With more active than normal hurricane seasons, and many renowned diving destinations located in areas where hurricanes tend to tread, the concern about encountering a hurricane is a valid one.
The good news is that with a little preparation months, weeks and even days before a trip, you can increase the odds that a hurricane doesn’t put a dangerous damper on your vacation.
The hurricane season runs from July 1 through November 1, although historically, storms are most prevalent in the months of August, September and early October.
By booking your vacation outside of these months, your chances of encountering a hurricane drops down to 1% or less.
If you do plan a fall trip to a coastal region, that’s prone to hurricanes then be sure and purchase trip insurance.
Trip insurance costs a fraction of the cost of your accommodations and can cover expenses that pertain to mandatory evacuations, travel delays, and other unintended road blocks.
One of the biggest mistakes that visitors make is that they overlook the “optional” evacuation order issued by local county or community governments.
They also wait until a “mandatory” evacuation is ordered until they leave.
Well, the problem with this practice is that visitors will encounter much more traffic with the “mandatory” declaration, which is more or less inevitable once a town or region is in a hurricane’s path.
Do listen to public officials, and leave the region at the earliest warning.
By doing so, you’ll avoid a good chunk of both visiting and local traffic, and will also be able to secure inland hotel rooms or other accommodation options.
Travel along the highways can get congested if a hurricane is on the horizon, so do you know of alternate routes to get you through the crowds, or do you have a GPS that can find you other options?
Granted, in some cases, you may have to stick to a lone highway to leave an island destination, but as long as you know where you are going and where you can stay you will save yourself plenty of stress if you have to leave.
From planning your arrival date, to ensuring that you know how to leave if an evacuation arises, there’s a lot a visitor can do to make themselves “hurricane savvy” before a storm arises.
Plan your trip smartly beforehand, and know where to go once you arrive, and you’ll always be ahead of the curve when it comes to hurricanes.
If you live in the Dallas area, swing by our shop in Carrollton. We’ll be happy to chat with you about scuba.