Hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30 each year. According to the National Hurricane Center, an average of eight hurricanes a year form in the Atlantic and Central Pacific Oceans. And an average of three will strike the U.S. coastline over a period of two years.

Are you prepared?

The resources below can help you plan for a hurricane and learn how to respond when the storm hits.

Learn terms, facts, and safety tips to help you before, during, and after a hurricane. You can also learn 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 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. Find out how to plan for things like drinking water, food, and disaster debris. You can also learn how to handle other health and safety hazards like flooding and mold. (Environmental Protection Agency)

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

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

Last Updated: 09/21/2020