Be Ready for Hurricane Season

Learn Tips to Help Keep You Safe During Hurricane Season

Hurricanes are dangerous and destructive weather events that can cause catastrophic damage to coastlines and several hundred miles inland. Hurricanes can produce winds exceeding 155 miles per hour as well as tornadoes. According to the Federal Emergency Management AgencyExternal, a hurricane is a type of tropical cyclone or severe tropical storm that forms in the southern Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico, and in the Pacific Ocean.

All Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coastal areas are subject to hurricanes. Parts of the Southwest United States and the Pacific Coast also experience heavy rains and floods each year from hurricanes spawned off Mexico. The Atlantic hurricane season lasts from June to November, with the peak season from mid-August to late October. The Eastern Pacific hurricane season begins May 15 and ends November 30. Hawaii is part of the Central Pacific, and is subject to a tropical cyclone season of June 1 to November 30.

Do you live in a coastal area at risk for hurricanes? If so, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourages you to prepare for hurricane season. The Atlantic hurricane season is June 1 through November 30 each year. Below are some important hurricane readiness tips from CDC:

Even if there’s no risk of a hurricane right now, it’s important to be safe and plan ahead. Get tips on how to stock up on supplies and plan for emergencies.

Be ready before and after hurricanes

Be ready before and after hurricanes

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Be ready before and after a flood

Be ready before and after a flood

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Gather emergency supplies

Gather emergency supplies

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Learn the difference between a watch and warning

Learn the difference between a watch and warning

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The Atlantic hurricane season is June 1 through November 30

The Atlantic hurricane season is June 1 through November 30

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Hurricanes
Contact Information

NCEH/ATSDR Office of Communication
(770) 488-0700
envhealthmedia@cdc.gov

Related Links

Before:

Be ready for #hurricane season! Prepare your home & car in case you have to evacuate: https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/hurricanes/evacuate.html

Get ahead of the storm w/ our #hurricane infographic full of tips to make your home hurricane ready: http://1.usa.gov/1MNbra9External

You can’t stop a hurricane, but you can take steps  to protect yourself & family before it hits. https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/hurricanes/before.html

Get ready for  #hurricane season & make sure your supplies are stocked! Here’s a quick list to help you out: https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/hurricanes/supplies.html

With #EventHashtag brewing, it’s a good time to update your emergency kit. https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/hurricanes/supplies.html

Follow these tips from @ASPCA to keep your pet safe if a #hurrincane strickes: http://bit.ly/215dxEJ External

During:

During a #hurricane watch, cover windows & doors. Learn how to protect your home. http://1.usa.gov/1MNbra9External

#Hurricanes can cause storm surge to travel several miles inland, threatening lives & property. Be prepared: https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/hurricanes/before.html

Flooded roads? Never drive through roads covered in water. Nearly half of #flood fatalities occur in vehicles. http://1.usa.gov/1WKwyMnExternal

Listen to local authorities for what to do during heavy #flooding.  Never ignore an evacuation order. http://1.usa.gov/1O1O7ibExternal

After:

Stay safe during #hurricane cleanup. Learn how: http://1.usa.gov/22TG3ZjExternal

After a #hurricane, throw out foods that may not be safe. When in doubt, throw it out! https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/foodwater/facts.html

Learn how to disinfect water when a #hurricane makes tap water unsafe. https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/foodwater/facts.html

Hand washing is part of disaster cleanup, too. Wash hands before handling food & whenever you stop working. http://1.usa.gov/2484aWwExternal

Keep your family safe from #COpoisoning after #hurricanes. Learn how: http://1.usa.gov/1UHo5IzExternal

Page last reviewed: August 28, 2017