Natural Disaster
Hurricane and Typhoon Preparedness & Response 

Hurricane Katrina from satelliteHurricanes are severe tropical storms that form in the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico and Eastern Pacific Ocean. They rotate counter-clockwise around an eye with winds of at least 74 miles per hour. The eye is generally 20-30 miles wide and the storm may spread outward 400 miles. The hurricane season lasts from June 1 through November 30 and peaks in August and September. Hurricanes can produce incredible waves, violent winds, torrential rains and floods.

Typhoons are mature tropical cyclones that develop in the western part of the North Pacific Ocean.  Typhoons can happen throughout the year but the majority of storms form between June and November. Similar to a hurricane, a typhoon has sustained wind speeds of at least 74 mph. 

To prepare for a hurricane or typhoon, stock up on emergency supplies. Learn about your local emergency plans, warning signals, and evacuation routes. Be prepared to drive 20-50 miles inland to reach safety. If there is standing water or downed power lines, turn off the electricity. If you evacuate, turn off the electricity, gas and water, and take important papers and prescription drugs with you. Continue to monitor storm advisories and tell someone outside of the storm area where you are going.


 

Hurricane Preparedness

Government Resources:

Federal Emergency Management Agency:

Learn what to do:

Before a hurricane external link

During an evacuation external link

 

 

Preventive Medicine
Deployment Information

Medical Threat Briefing: Hurricane Relief Response Preventive Medicine Measures external link (Password protected - AKO)

Deployment Health Guide: Hurricane Response external link

Deployment Health Guide: Hurricane Response

 

Non-Government Resources:

The American Red Cross: external link 

Hurricane Safety Checklist  external link

 

Hospitals / Clinicians

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How To Get Help

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How to Help

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