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Atlantic hurricane season: Are you prepared?

The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June to November, and can affect the southern and eastern USA, the Caribbean, and Atlantic Canada.

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Atlantic hurricane season
Atlantic hurricane season

There are a number of things you can do to prepare yourself if you live in, or are planning to travel to, this region including:

You can also monitor local and international weather updates from the World Meteorological Organisation, the US National Hurricane Center, and the Canadian Hurricane Centre.

The GOV.UK website has detailed information about what you should know about travelling to an area that can be affected by hurricanes.

The US Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) website and the Canadian government’s Get Prepared website contain information about how to prepare for extreme weather conditions and what to do if you are told to evacuate. It also provides a useful list of disaster supplies that will help if you live in an area affected by storms and hurricanes.

The Great Hurricane Blowout website gives practical advice on preparing for hurricane season. Additionally, state emergency management websites in Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia, provide information on how to prepare for a storm. In Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, local authorities will provide information about weather conditions and shelter locations through local television and radio stations.

Published 31 May 2013
Last updated 3 June 2013 + show all updates
  1. Added information and links relating to Canada
  2. First published.