Hurricane Season Best Practices
Our neighbors to the north, NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), provide an excellent resource, National Hurricane Center, for the status of storms in this active hurricane season. With the memories of Irene & Sandy in our recent past, it is good to revisit the necessary precautions to be taken as active coastal residents. For boat owners, please assess your vessels to assure they are properly prepared. Our Dockmaster & crew are making the appropriate preparations, we should as well.
Here are a few tips to help mariners protect themselves, their families and their vessels:
- Do not go out to sea in a recreational boat if a tropical storm or hurricane is approaching.
- Contact local marinas to ask for advice about securing your vessel. Marina operators are knowledgeable and can advise you on the best methods for securing your boat. Information on how to prepare your boat or trailer for a hurricane can be found at the Coast Guard’s Storm Center webpage. https://www.uscg.mil/news/stormcenter/
- Take action now. The effects of a tropical storm/hurricane can be felt well in advance of the storm itself and can prevent the safe completion of preparations.
- Check with local authorities before entering any storm-damaged area. Do not rush to your boat. Boaters should not place themselves in danger to get to a boat.
- Do not try to reach your boat if it has been forced into the water and is surrounded by debris. Wait until authorities have made safe access available. Do not try to board a partially sunken boat; seek salvage assistance from a professional.
- Storms move quickly and are unpredictable. You can always replace a boat; you cannot replace a life.
Information on how to prepare your boat or trailer for a hurricane can be found at the Coast Guard’s Storm Center webpage: https://www.uscg.mil/news/stormcenter/.
Douglas Jones, Fleet Captain