June 1 is the start of the Atlantic hurricane season. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is predicting a “near normal” hurricane season with approximately 10–16 named storms, 4–8 hurricanes, and 1–4 major hurricanes. However, it only takes one landfall to have catastrophic consequences.
The NEMA Field Representatives are reaching out to our contacts in the electrical and emergency management industries to remind them that NEMA has many programs in place to assist communities before, during, and after the storm. We are providing information and guidance on related NEMA programs, NEC topics, and NEMA member products that will help save lives and property.
Land-falling hurricanes bring flooding, storm surge, and lightning, so this year’s focus will be on NEMA’s Evaluating Water-Damaged Electrical Equipment guidelines and NEMA’s Surge Protection Institute. As a storm approaches, NEMA will activate our natural disaster standard operating procedures to ensure that the outreach and actions of the NEMA Field Representatives, NEMA communications team, and Electrical Safety Foundation International are properly coordinated.
The NOAA will issue an updated outlook for the Atlantic Hurricane Season in early August, just prior to the historical peak of the season.