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Atlantic hurricane season: Be prepared

The Atlantic hurricane season runs from 1 June to 30 November and can affect parts of Canada with high winds, heavy rain, and flooding.

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There are a number of things you should do if you are planning to be in the region during hurricane season:


  • know and understand your surroundings especially if you are staying in a hurricane evacuation zone
  • ensure you have access to supplies of food, water, radios, torches, first aid kit, etc.

Our tropical cyclone guidance offers advice on how to avoid a tropical cyclone or cope if threatened by one.

The Canadian government’s Get Prepared website gives information on preparing for extreme weather conditions and what to do if you are told to evacuate.

Stay alert

  • pay close attention to weather reports

Monitor local and international weather updates on television and radio and on-line from the World Meteorological Organisation and the Canadian Hurricane Centre

Follow the Foreign Office and the British High Commission in Ottawa on social media for the latest updates to Foreign Office Travel Advice for Canada.

You can also sign up to receive alerts on Twitter through the Foreign Office Travel Advice alerts service.


  • give family and friends the address and telephone number of where you are staying, and call, text, or email them to let them know your plans if a hurricane or tropical storm is forecast to affect the area you are in
  • don’t forget to let family and friends know you are OK once the storm is over

Keep important numbers handy such as family and friends, airlines, tour operators, travel insurance providers and that of the British High Commission and consulates-general in Canada in case you need further assistance.

Published 2 June 2014