Archive for May, 2010

Greater Lead Time For Hurricane Watches and Warnings

Monday, May 10th, 2010

THIS SEASON, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami, Florid, will issue watches and warnings for tropical storms and hurricanes along threatened coastal areas 12 hours earlier than in previous years.

According to NHC experts, advancements in track forecasters are making it possible for forecasters to provide greater lead time. Tropical Storm watches will be issued when tropical storm conditions are possible along the coast within 48 hours. Tropical storm warnings will be issued when those conditions are expected within 36 hours. This is an increase of 12 hours from those issued in previous years.

Similar increases in lead-time will apply to hurricane watches and warnings. The hurricane watches and warnings will generally be timed to provide 48 to 36 hours notice, respectively, before the onset of tropical storm force winds. That additional time will allow people to prepare for the storm – securing your windows and doors, getting food and water stockpiled, securing oil rig platforms- enough time to finish preparations and get to a safe shelter.

Don’t delay. Get your storm protection today.

Hurricane Top Weather News In 2000 Decade

Monday, May 10th, 2010

Hurricanes dominated the list of costliest U.S. weather disasters of the 2000s, all of which battered the Gulf Coast and Florida in 2004, 2005, and 2008, USA Today reported in January.

Nine of the top ten disasters were hurricanes, with 2005′s Hurricane Katrina topping the list at $125 billion in economic damages and Katrina was the nations deadliest disaster of the decade with more than 1,800 Americans killed, wrote the USA TODAY.

The only non-hurricane to crack the top 10 list was the Mid-west flooding of 2008, which caused $10 billion in damages, mainly Iowa, Missouri, Indiana and Illinois.

Hurricane Ike was the decade’s second-costliest disaster, with some $30 billion in damage reported in 2008. Round out the top five were Hurricane Ivan (2004, $18 billion); Hurricane Charley ( 2004, $16 billion); and Hurricane Rita ( 2005; also 16 billion).

Just think if everyone would have had storm protection, how much safer we all would have been?

Be Safe. Be Smart. Be Storm Smart.

Predicting the 2010 Hurricane Season Update- Higher Chances

Friday, May 7th, 2010

Colorado State Universities predictions for the hurricane season in 2010  were above average for the Atlantic Hurricane Season and an above- average probability of a major hurricane landfall in the United States and the Caribbean. In April, they refined the results toward the higher range of their previous report by now predicting 15 named storms and eight hurricanes, four of which could be major storms.

According to their calculations, there is a 69% chance that a major hurricane will make landfall somewhere on the U.S. coastline this year. The average for the last century was 52%. The tropical season sees an average of 10 tropical storms and six hurricanes. “We issue these forecasts to satisfy the curiosity of the general public and to bring attention to the hurricane problem,” wrote Philp Klozbach and William Gray, the authors of the Colorado State Study.

“This year has the chance to be an extreme season,”said Jo Bastardi, AccuWeather’s chief long range meteorologist and hurricane forecaster. ” It is certainly much more like 2008 than 2009 as far as the overall threat to the United States’ East and Gulf Coasts.”

Be Safe. Be Smart. Be Storm Smart.

Storm Smart Featured In GulfShore Insurance For Innovation

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

Storm Smart Industries was recently featured in the Gulf Shore Insurance Horizon Magazine as a featured member for Continuous reinvention and driving success.  While Storm Smart is headquartered in Fort Myers, its marketing footprint is national. In addition to its retail operation, Storm Smart is a wholesaler of its products and distributes them from Hawaii to Maine.  “I knew early on that if we wanted to grow our business and have uncommon success, we need to be creative. From the beginning, we were the pioneers of the wind abatement screen system. We have a product that fits every window, even for those who live in high rise-buildings” said Rist, ” and we developed our products with the understanding that our customers wanted both protection and ease of installation. As I business, I think reinventing three or four new products in development only helps growth.”

Storm Smart was also recognized for its We Care Program, which provides hurricane protection to homeowners who are economically challenged. To submit an application for someone, please visit us at

To read more on the article in Gulfshore Insurance please visit the link here.