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. With 2013 forecast to be another ACTIVE tropical season, planning now can make the difference later.
Hurricane hazards come in many forms, including storm surge, heavy rainfall, inland flooding, high winds, tornadoes, and rip currents. The National Weather Service is responsible for protecting life and property through issuance of timely watches and warnings, but it is essential that your family be ready before a storm approaches. Furthermore, mariners should be aware of special safety precautions when confronted with a hurricane.
Download the Tropical Cyclone Preparedness Guide (PDF) or follow the links for more information. But remember, this is only a guide. The first and most important thing anyone should do when facing a hurricane threat is to use common sense.
- 2013 Hurricane Preparedness Week Poster
- Tropical Cyclone Preparedness Guide (pdf) - Spanish Version (pdf)
- YouTube PSAs on Hurricane Preparedness Week - Spanish Version
- Be a Force of Nature with NOAA's Weather-Ready Nation
- NHC Outreach Resources
- Ready.gov Hurricanes
- Ready.gov Kids