Hurricane season is right around the corner, are you ready?
Florida is known for its sunshine, beaches and Mickey Mouse but one of the downsides of living in Florida is dealing with hurricanes and the destruction they can leave behind. This year hurricane season begins June 1st and ends November 30th with a predicted 17 named tropical storms, 8 hurricanes and 3 of them becoming major hurricanes.
It’s not uncommon for Acute Air Ambulance to preform lifesaving transports during the height of hurricane season. Popular tourist destinations in the Caribbean are typically at risk for hurricane activity and volatile weather conditions including strong wind gust, heavy rain that can lead to flooding and airborne debris.
As an air ambulance company the turbulent weather and aftermath from a hurricane can prove to be challenging. Some of these difficulties include weather that is not suitable for flying or airport conditions that are not safe to land. The highly trained Pilots who perform our transports review every aspect of a flight plan to determine that it is safe to provide transportation for our patients.
If you are planning on visiting hurricane prone destinations this season, whether domestically or internationally the experts recommend paying close attention to the weather where you’re headed, because minor storms can escalate quickly to hurricane status. Keep in contact with the tour operator if you’re traveling with one and with staff at your hotel so you know about evacuation procedures in the event of an emergency.
If you have a loved one with medical needs and are traveling to a hurricane hotspot consider the following tips:
- Keep enough food and water on hand to supply each person for at least 72 hours
- Bring extra medication in case your travel plans to return home are delayed due to inclement weather (not all Counties will be able to provide you access to your specific daily medications)
While no one likes to be faced with a medical emergency while traveling, especially during a hurricane, just know that we are there to help. Let our experience with performing air ambulance during hurricane season put your mind at ease when you call us for assistance.