History teaches that a lack of hurricane awareness and preparation are common threads among all major hurricane disasters. By knowing your vulnerability and what actions you should take, you can reduce the effects of a hurricane disaster.
A hurricane warning is issued 36 hours in advance by the National Weather Service of when sustained winds of 74 mph or higher associated with a hurricane are expected in a specified coastal area in 24 hours or less. A hurricane warning can remain in effect when dangerously high water or a combination of dangerously high water and exceptionally high waves continue, even though the winds may be less than hurricane force. A hurricane watch is announced for specific coastal areas that hurricane conditions are possible within 48 hours in advance of when the storm is expected.
Hurricane hazards come in many forms: storm surge, high winds, tornadoes, and flooding. This means it is important for your family to have a plan that includes all of these hazards. Look carefully at the safety actions associated with each type of hurricane hazard and prepare your family disaster plan accordingly. But remember that information contained in this web site is only a guide. The first and most important thing anyone should do when facing a hurricane threat is to use common sense. Those employees and their families that live in hurricane risk areas should track every Atlantic tropical storm or hurricane.
The most important thing that you can do is to be informed and prepared. Disaster prevention includes both being prepared as well as reducing damages.
|Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean||June 1 – November 30|
|Eastern Pacific||May 15 – November 30|
General Safety Tips
Hurricane Disaster Prevention