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The Atlantic Hurricane Season runs from June to November, and can affect the southern and eastern USA, Caribbean, and Central America.
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:
Giving family or friends the address and telephone number of where you are staying, and calling them to let them know your plans if a hurricane is forecast to affect the area you are in.
Paying close attention to weather reports on local TV and radio stations.
Keeping important numbers handy such as family, and friends, airlines, tour operators, travel insurance providers and that of the nearest British Embassy, High Commission, or Consulate.
Ensuring that you have access to supplies of food, water, radios, torches and first aid kit.
The US Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) website has information about how to prepare for extreme weather conditions.
If you are caught up in a tropical storm or hurricane, you should follow the advice of local authorities - and leave the area if advised.