ALEXANDRIA, Va., December 11, 2013 – Over 65,000 recreational boats were damaged or destroyed in Hurricane Sandy, which left hundreds of storm-tossed boats high and dry in the middle of busy street intersections, on public lands, or leaning perilously on overhead power lines. With boats in the way, response efforts were slowed, requiring time consuming and expensive removal and salvage efforts often at public expense, delaying power restoration and a community’s overall recovery. Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) has a range of free hurricane planning information developed for boat owners and marinas that is also useful for local governments and emergency managers to help communities minimize damage, preserve resources and speed recovery efforts. All materials can be found at www.BoatUS.com/hurricanes.
“We’ve been a national leader in teaching folks how to prepare recreational boats for storms for over 30 years, and we want local governments to know they can make a difference and help speed their own recovery by actively planning ahead,” said BoatUS Director of Technical Services Beth Leonard. “Now is a perfect time to reach out to their waterfront boating community.”
BoatUS.com/hurricanes offers easily downloadable storm planning materials including up-to-the-minute storm tracking tools with live satellite images, a hurricane preparation worksheetand an in-depth Boater’s Guide to Preparing Boats and Marinas for Hurricanes, as well as checklists for what to do before and after a hurricane strikes.
Local emergency managers can download a sampling of marina hurricane preparation plans to see how their local marinas compare, learn about the value of strapping down boats stored ashore, and view features on why some marinas fare better than others, all at the website www.BoatUS.com/hurricanes.
In addition, a series of three online webinars developed specifically for marina owners detail the lessons learned from Superstorm Sandy as well as how to store boats ashore or in the water.
Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS
) is the nation’s leading advocate for recreational boaters providing its over half-million members with government representation, services such as 24-hour on water boat towing as well as roadside assistance for boat trailers and tow vehicles, feature-packed boat insurance programs, money-saving benefits that include marina and West Marine shopping discounts, and vital information that improves the boating, fishing and sailing lifestyle. Its member-funded BoatUS Foundation is a national leader promoting safe, clean and responsible boating.