Hurricane Resources

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, a hurricane is an intense tropical storm that spirals around a calm center, called an eye, and gains strength and speed over the open water of an ocean or gulf.  When wind speeds reach 74 miles per hour, a tropical storm becomes a hurricane.  This type of storm mostly affects coastal areas, especially in the southeast, and usually occurs between June and December.  A hurricane may bring high winds (up to 220 mph), heavy rains, high tides, and inland flooding.
 
States that are affected by hurricanes are as include: Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia.
 

 Hurricane Preparedness

 
Are you Prepared?
Are You Ready? provides a step-by-step approach to disaster preparedness with information on local emergency plans, how to identify hazards that affect local area and how to develop and maintain an emergency communications plan and disaster supplies kit. Other topics include evacuation, emergency public shelters, animals in disaster and information specific to people with access and functional needs.
 
American Red Cross
Each year, the American Red Cross immediately responds to about 70,000 natural and man-made disasters in the U.S., ranging from fires to hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, hazardous materials spills, transportation accidents and explosions.
Hurricane app
 
District of Columbia Hurricane Resources
Steps to take if you are in a hurricane.
 
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Prepare for disaster before it strikes. 
 
Florida Disaster: Florida Division of Emergency Management
Florida is one of the most heavily affected states when it comes to hurricanes.  This site offers a comprehensive report of week-to-week, and even day-to-day weather patterns.
 
Gulf of Mexico Alliance: Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida
Find information to better prepare for natural disasters by developing a family plan, creating a disaster supply kit, evacuating to another location, and securing your home and having a pet plan. Help keep you and your family safe by taking these recommended precautions.
 
Hurricane Evacuation Guide - Virginia
Virginia’s coastal and eastern regions are especially at risk for a major storm, although the impacts from a hurricane’s wind and flooding can affect any part of the state. The best defense against the danger and destruction caused by hurricanes is to be prepared and to stay informed. 
 
Hurricane Plan for Boaters on the East Coast
Creating a plan and being ready for a hurricane starts well in advance of the boating season. When vessel owners prepare their vessels for the boating season, they should also prepare a hurricane plan.  Prior to the hurricane season, decisions should be made as to where the safest place for the vessel would be, the adequacy of the present mooring or dock, and what type of equipment is necessary to have on board.
 
National Weather Service: National Hurricane Center
History teaches that a lack of hurricane awareness and preparation is a common thread among all major hurricane disasters. By realizing vulnerabilities and the actions that should be taken, you can reduce the effects of a hurricane.
 
North Carolina Department of Health and Human Resources
The NCDHHS goes to great lengths to inform the public on how to be prepared before, during, and after a hurricane or tropical storm occurs.
 
Owlie Skywarn Helps Us All Prepare for Bad Weather
With the rise in severe weather events in the United States and the related rise in media coverage about these events creating anxiety in both young and old, parents and teachers have a lot of “‘splaining” to do to children. Using Owlie Skywarn's Weather Book, parents and teachers can help children understand complex weather events.
 
Prepare Your Family
Are you ready to put your planning skills to good use? Are you ready to help your family get prepared for the unexpected? Your family can use this website to create a plan that will help you be ready for many different kinds of unexpected situations.
 
Ready New York?
Ready New York: Hurricanes and New York City includes general tips on how to prepare for any emergency, instructions on how to develop a hurricane disaster plan and secure your home before a storm, and includes a map of New York City hurricane evacuation zones.
 
Storm Ready National Weather Service
StormReady, a program started in 1999 in Tulsa, Okla., helps arm America's communities with the communication and safety skills needed to save lives and property--before and during the event.  This material will arm you with a better understanding of what to do when the time comes.
 
Weather-Ready Nation: Be a Force of Nature
Being a force of nature means never bowing to extreme weather. It means taking appropriate actions before, during and after extreme weather. Even more than that, being a force of nature means inspiring others to do the same through setting an example in your community and social networks.