The past decade has been met with hurricanes not only deadly and cataclysmic in nature – but also extremely expensive. Not only do business owners have to worry about actual physical structures…there’s data loss, the loss of man power (time) and the loss of technology. (The more prepared you are, the less you have to worry about these costly expenses – which is why it is critical to plan and prepare your business for the worst case scenario. 7 of the 10 most expensive hurricanes have occurred between 2004 and today. In other words 70% of the most expensive hurricanes EVER happened within the last decade. Isn’t it time you prepared your business (if you haven’t yet)? Sign up for the 2011 Disaster Preparedness and Business Continuity Series – it’s full of resources put together by community leaders. Go to http://www.anexio.com/prepare to sign up now.
Meanwhile – here’s our list of the Top 5 Costliest Hurricanes of All Time. We hope that you take a look at the videos, pictures and footage and remember how important it is to be prepared before a disaster actually hits!
#1. Katrina (LA/MS/AL/SE FL)
Year: 2005 / Category: 3 / Damage: $81,000,000,000
Katrina was no joke. She was one bad, bad girl – both deadly and costly. It’s hard to look back sometimes, but because we think it’s important that every individual and every business has prepares – here is a brief recap.
#2. Andrew (SE FL/SE LA)
Year: 1992 / Category: 5 / Damage: $34,954,825,000
Second only to Katrina in terms of expensive hurricanes, Andrew swept through Miami at 165mph destroying houses and businesses with a sweep blow.
#3. Wilma (FL)
Year: 2005 / Category: 3 / Damage: $20,600,000,000
Wilma was the most intense tropical cyclone ever recorded in the Atlantic basin. A tropical depression formed in the Caribbean Sea near Jamaica on Oct 15th and intensified into a tropical storm days later. Wilma became a Category 5 hurricane with winds of 185 mph.
#4. Ike (TX/LA/MS)
Year: 2008 / Category: 2 / Damage: $18,000,000,000
Hurricane Ike was the third-costliest hurricane ever to make landfall in the United States. Due to its immense size, Ike caused devastation from the Louisiana coastline all the way to the Kenedy County, Texas region near Corpus Christi, Texas. In addition, Ike caused flooding and significant damage along the Mississippi coastline and the Florida Panhandle
A Chevron gas station near Nederland, TX is damaged by Hurricane Ike
#5. Charley (FL)
Year: 2004 / Category: 4 / Damage: $13,000,000,000
Charley was a hurricane filled with unexpected twists and turns – and especially hit close to home for many of us living in Florida. Read our last post for the whole story! John Briggs, Client Management Specialist, shares his personal encounter with Charley here http://anexio.com/blog/remembering-charley/
Hurricane Charley’s path picture above.
See the full list of the most costly hurricanes here http://www.wunderground.com/auto/sun-sentinel/hurricane/damage.asp and be sure to sign up for Anexio’s Disaster Preparedness and Business Continuity Series. There is no excuse not to be prepared! http://www.anexio.com/prepare