According to the National Hurricane Center, from 2004 to 2013 hurricanes killed an average of 108 people in the U.S.

These resources can help you plan, and learn how to respond to a hurricane.

Learn terms, facts, and safety tips to help you before, during, and after a hurricane. You can also read about the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale and the five hurricane categories. (

Hurricanes and Other Tropical Storms
Learn how to make a hurricane plan, what supplies you’ll need, and how to prepare your home. Learn how you can stay safe after a hurricane, and keep your food and water safe. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Hurricane Safety Checklist (PDF, 80 KB)
Get a one-page checklist to help you prepare and respond to a hurricane. Learn what supplies you’ll need and what to do after. (American Red Cross)

Hurricanes - Information for Protecting Health and the Environment
Learn how to prepare before a hurricane. How to plan for things like drinking water, food,  and disaster debris. Also learn how to handle other health and safety hazards like flooding and mold. (Environmental Protection Agency)

Medical Devices and Hurricane Disasters
Get safety tips for using medical devices during and after a hurricane. Learn how you should deal with power outages, water, heat and humidity, and keeping things sterile. There’s also a special section about blood glucose meters. (Food and Drug Administration)

Hurricanes can cause other hazards. Be sure to check our tornado and flood sections to learn more about how to plan for these disasters.

Last Updated: 04/26/2018