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How to Stay Ahead During Hurricane Season

By: David Washington

Hurricane season started on June 1st and the season typically lasts until November 30. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) forecasted a range of 17 to 25 total named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher). Of those, 8 to 13 are forecast to become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including 4 to 7 major hurricanes (category 3, 4 or 5; with winds of 111 mph or higher). Forecasters have a 70% confidence in these ranges. J & Washington discusses the importance of campaign planning and preparedness.

The Importance of Planning Around Hurricane Season

Qualification for judicial candidates ended in mid-May, the focus now shifts to reaching voters directly. Traditionally, this means campaigning door-to-door in neighborhoods. However, J & Washington highlights the importance of considering hurricane season, which typically runs from June 1st to November.

How Weather Affects Campaigning

Modern technology provides ample warning for hurricanes and other storms. This, of course, affects political campaigns. Factors like hurricanes, thunderstorms, and daily afternoon showers can significantly disrupt traditional campaigning methods like door-to-door canvassing.

Using Weather Forecasts for Strategic Planning

J & Washington emphasizes the importance of incorporating weather forecasts into campaign calendars. Tools like weather extensions for Google Calendar can be incredibly helpful in visualizing the upcoming forecast for the next few days. This allows for strategic planning and adjustments to the campaign schedule to avoid bad weather.

The Key to Success: Adaptability and Organization

While a well-defined plan and organization are crucial, J & Washington acknowledges the need for adaptability. Campaigns need to be prepared to pivot when faced with unexpected weather events. This might involve rescheduling canvassing efforts or focusing on alternative outreach methods.

J & Washington emphasizes the importance of staying informed about the weather, especially during hurricane season, for successful political campaigns. By using weather forecasts for strategic planning and maintaining a flexible approach, campaigns can ensure they reach voters and achieve optimal results.

J & Washington encourages our community to spread the word about our podcasts, You Can’t Make This Shit Up, CounterTop Politics, The David Washington Show, Morning Constitution, and its other valuable content, like The Informer Newsletter and the Hawk-Eye Blog, that empowers people to stay informed about local political happenings in Central Florida.

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