We’re nearly 7 weeks into the 2019 hurricane season, which runs late may to the end of November. Hurricane Barry, the first named hurricane of the 2019 season struck the southeast as a category 1 hurricane causing an estimated 500-900 million dollars in damages mid July.

Forecasters expected an average hurricane season, which generally has 12 named storms (3 major storms and 6 hurricanes). However, As of early August, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced that conditions are now favorable for increased hurricane activity.

This is because the El Niño, a band of warm water that appears every few years in the central pacific has ended early. This band of warm water hinders the formation of hurricanes.

It’s important for all members of communities to evaluate their preparedness when it comes to handling this years hurricane season. Forecasters can generally only predict hurricane landfall within a week based on short term weather patterns.

Read more about the NOAA’s press release here

Hurricanes cause billions of dollars worth of damages every year. Despite preparation, there will always be need for relief groups to step in and provide aid to those affected by Hurricanes as well as any other disaster.

Organizations that have such an important mission need the best tools to help manage their goals. Managing donations, delivering aid, organizing relief kits, and more all tasks that delay life saving relief efforts.

HELM is a provider of best-in-class logistics software that strives to solve the problems disaster relief organization face in day to day operations.