2018 Hurricane Season: Helpful Tips to Maximize Preparedness

What to take away from last season to better prepare this year

The official start of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season is just two weeks out. For many who reside along the Gulf Coast, the chaos of rebuilding and renovation is still heavily present as a result of last year’s catastrophic hurricane season. Many continue to rebuild all that was lost while trying to prepare for the new season ahead. As we reflect on the recent tragedies of these natural disasters, we also look ahead to strategize best practices to maximize preparedness, for both our personal lives and our businesses.

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The 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season is predicted to be near-average in regards to storm activity. The Weather Company is forecasting 13 named storms, six hurricanes, and two major hurricanes that are Category 3 or higher. Regardless of the number of storms that ultimately make landfall, it’s important to remember that it takes just one to claim lives and property.

For those of us in the DEF, fuel, and oil industry, time is the always most critical factor. It’s important your customers have confidence in you to provide for them in their most desperate time of need. To ensure this, it’s imperative to make sure your own resources are not limited. As they say, one of the first rules of survival in any emergency situation is to be well prepared. It’s not uncommon for forceful winds to knock out power lines, leaving you and your customers relying on generators and battery operated equipment. Here are some tips to help you prepare for situations such as these before they strike:

  1. Check and test your existing equipment

Ensure all emergency and backup equipment is functioning properly without defect. Allow yourself time to make any necessary repairs or replacements now, instead of getting stuck with the headache in the middle of a major storm.

     2. Have the proper equipment to get the job done

As we’ve mentioned, time is the most critical factor and the last thing you’ll want is to find yourself caught in a waiting game when it comes to refueling trucks, tanks, or other necessary pieces of equipment. TECALEMIT offers both 110V and 12V continuous duty cycle pumps for DEF and Diesel. Our line of 110V Hornet W85 pumps for DEF and Diesel are ideal for any size application and offer faster, better overall performance. TECALEMIT’s 12V G80c pump for Diesel offers a 100% continuous duty cycle and runs completely off a 12V battery. Put simply, this pump is ideal for situations such as natural disasters when electricity is often unavailable.

     3. Make the most of your resources

Often times you’ll find yourself running off limited supplies during an emergency situation. It’s crucial to have the ability to track every drop of product dispensed to ensure you’re resources are being used as effectively as possible. A clear approach is to have an automated fuel inventory management system, such as a TECALEMIT Wonderbox or Superbox. Eliminate the risk of having even one gallon unaccounted for and feel at ease knowing where every drop is being allocated.

It’s impossible to know if and when a hurricane will strike the coast of the U.S. this season. However, it’s best practice to be prepared for the worst case scenario. Keep in mind that even a week tropical storm can cause extensive damage with heavy rainfall and possible flash flooding. The 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season runs June 1st– November 30th. We wish everyone a safe season ahead.

If you’re looking for equipment solutions to help better prepare you for the upcoming season, reach out to us. Send an email to sales@tecalemitusa.com, or give us a call at (281) 446-7300.


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