Atlantic hurricane season begins on June 1, which means that it’s time, once again, for contractors to start thinking about how to keep their construction sites secure in case of a hurricane, tropical storm or even a tropical depression.

Although hurricanes like 2005’s Hurricane Katrina — which left an estimated $125 billion in damage and more than 1,800 people dead — seem the most ominous, Superstorm Sandy, which was downgraded from a hurricane just before it made landfall along the New Jersey and New York coastlines in 2012, demonstrated that a storm doesn’t have to be classified a hurricane to cause extensive damage.

Even though it was not a hurricane as determined by the National Hurricane Center when it came onshore, it caused approximately $69 million in damage and killed more than 70 people in the U.S.

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