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In Preparation for Hurricane Season 2018, Air Partner Shares Private Air Support and Evacuation Tips

Air Partner - 01 Jun 2018


Air Partner provides specific air evacuation planning or any type of industry or organization during hurricane season - with the 2018 storm season expected to be busy.

With just two months before the official start of hurricane season, Air Partner – a global leader in private aviation – has its Emergency Planning Division in place and on stand-by. The company today provided a list of emergency preparedness tips and issued a reminder on the importance of advance preparation with 17 predicted storms in the 2018 hurricane season pipeline.

 “Our Emergency Planning Division is experienced in planning, executing and managing air support and air evacuations,” said David McCown, president of Air Partner U.S. “Last year, we successfully evacuated more than 200 people from the Caribbean prior to Hurricane Irma making landfall, and unfortunately, the predictions are pointing to another rough hurricane season this year. Luckily, there are contingency plans and specific air evacuation plans that can be put in place for any type of industry or organization to prepare and safeguard individuals. We also find that a number of companies don’t plan ahead for hurricane season and there is a bigger cost implication after the fact, so it’s important to think about this now.”

Part of Air Partner’s Emergency Planning Division, Air Partner’s Hurricane Evacuation Program offers pre-planning and rapid response evacuation services to companies, government organizations and individuals. The company offers contingency planning for air evacuations that can dovetail into existing plans, as well as individual plans that can be executed immediately by a 24/7 dedicated response team. Evacuations are carried out based on the pre-planning component, with preferred aircraft access and transfers to pre-selected destinations.

According to the Global Weather Oscillations (GWO), this hurricane season may see up to 17 named storms, four of which could become major hurricanes. With these predicted storms on the horizon, Air Partner is encouraging companies to be conscious of the following:

 

  • An evacuation decision should be considered around 72 hours or more prior to the storm’s arrival. There is a limited window of opportunity after this time frame. Once winds reach an excess of 30 mph, evacuation may no longer be possible, due to aircraft landing limitations.  The wind, and the weather, will only get worse. The sooner the decision is made to evacuate, the better.
  • Availability of aircraft is limited during natural disasters, due to high demand, so Air Partner encourages groups to pre-plan and make critical decisions early. Charter pricing increases as availability becomes more limited, so as a storm gets closer, aircraft may no longer be available or able to operate to the evacuation airports.
  • It is critical to ensure – before a storm approaches – that all employees have the necessary documentation to enter a foreign country. This includes passports and visas. Standard immigration rules apply even during a crisis, so companies should take proactive measures to ensure all documentation is in place as hurricane season heats up.

 

Since implementing its Hurricane Evacuation Program more than a decade ago, Air Partner has evacuated thousands of people safely, including evacuating 70 employees of a private bank in Nassau, Bahamas to Atlanta, Georgia during Hurricane Matthew. The company’s planning covers main and contingency/alternative airports, airport capabilities, en route complexities such as clearances, political areas, avoidance areas and terrain issues, destination airfields, onward dispersal and contingency planning. The company’s Emergency Planning Division also provides extensive support on the back-end of natural disasters. In 2011, Air Partner chartered a Boeing 747 freighter flight to deliver 7,500 sanitation facilities when an earthquake severely damaged the sewage and drainage system in Christchurch, New Zealand. The company transported 600 tons of humanitarian aid to the Philippines when Typhoon Haiyan devastated the region, 300 tons to Nepal after the 2015 earthquake and 40 tons of aid to Haitians impacted by Hurricane Matthew.

In addition to servicing corporations and government entities – Air Partner’s services are also available to individuals or families impacted by weather.