May 04, 2020
With just a month before the start of the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season, the spotlight is on preparation. Take steps now to help keep yourself and your property safe.
<p>The Atlantic hurricane season begins on June 1 and ends on Nov. 30, with the majority of the storms occurring between mid-August and mid-October.</p><p><a href="https://www.ready.gov/hurricane-toolkit" target="_blank">National Hurricane Preparedness Week</a>, from May 3 to 9, is a chance for you to review important safety information on what to do before, during and after a storm hits.</p><p>Hurricanes can cause storm surges, high winds and flooding. It is important that you and your business have a plan in place in case your area is affected. </p><p>Forecasters predict this year's season will be <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/02/weather/2020-atlantic-hurricane-season/index.html" target="_blank">above average</a> with 16 named storms, of which eight are expected to reach hurricane status. Four of the storms are expected to reach major hurricane strength.</p><p><a href="https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/11/27/hurricane-dorian-hurricane-season-comes-to-an-end/4317920002/" target="_blank">In 2019</a>, there were 18 named storms, including six hurricanes. Three storms made landfall in the U.S.: Barry, Imelda and Nestor. The season's most destructive storm was Dorian, which struck the Bahamas, killing more than 60 people and causing several billion dollars in damage.</p><h2>Preparation is Key</h2><p>Penske offers the following advice to consumers and business customers on what to do before a storm arrives:</p> <ul class="ee-ul"> <li>Make safety your number one priority.</li> <li>Top off your truck fuel tanks.</li> <li>Move trucks to higher ground if in a flood-prone area.</li> <li>Stay tuned to local news stations for weather reports.</li> <li>Adhere to all travel, road advisories and restrictions.</li> <li>Delay travel into impacted areas when possible.</li> <li>Know your evacuation routes and have a plan.</li> </ul> <h2>Important Penske Information</h2><p>Contact us if you need assistance with your lease or rental units before or after the storm:</p> <ul class="ee-ul"> <li><a href="https://www.gopenske.com/locations/" target="_self">Penske Location and Fuel Finder Tool</a></li> <li>24/7 Roadside Assistance: 1-800-526-0798</li> <li>Consumer Truck Rental Reservations: 1-888-996-5415</li> <li>Commercial Truck Rental Reservations: 1-800-736-7531</li> </ul> <h2>Penske Facilities Questions</h2><p>Penske takes steps to ensure continued service, but there are times when delays and closures may be necessary due to travel restrictions, weather conditions, power outages or a state of emergency.</p><p>Please call our 24/7 Roadside Assistance team at 1-800-526-0798 to confirm the open or closed status of a Penske facility.</p><h2>Additional Helpful Resources</h2> <ul class="ee-ul"> <li><a href="https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/trafficinfo/" target="_blank">U.S. DOT National Traffic and Road Closures and Advisories by State</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.fema.gov/" target="_blank">Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA)</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.fema.gov/blog" target="_blank">FEMA Blog – Emergency Updates and Preparedness</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes" target="_blank">Ready.gov – Hurricane Preparedness</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/" target="_blank">National Hurricane Center Storm Updates</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.redcross.org/get-help/prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/hurricane" target="_blank">American Red Cross Hurricane Tips</a></li> </ul> <p style="text-align: right;"><em>By "Move Ahead" Staff</em></p>
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