Hurricane season is from June 1-November 30 and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) wants to help communities be ready. The NVFC created this resource center to help fire/EMS departments prepare their communities for hurricane activity.
Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA)
The hurricane section of FEMA’s citizen preparedness guide Are You Ready? provides basic information about hurricanes, a list of hurricane preparedness publications and hurricane preparedness tips.
How to Prepare for a Hurricane
Part of America’s PrepareAthon!, this guide informs citizens what to do to protect themselves before, during, and after a hurricane.
The National Hurricane Program, housed under FEMA’s Mitigation Division, conducts and supports many projects and activities that help protect communities and their residents from hurricane hazards. The NHP also conducts assessments and provides tools and technical assistance to state and local agencies in developing hurricane evacuation plans.
FEMA Independent Study Program IS-324.A: Community Hurricane Preparedness is an interactive computer-based course designed to provide those involved in the decision-making process for hurricanes with basic information about 1) how hurricanes form, 2) the hazards they pose, 3) how the National Weather Service forecasts future hurricane behavior and 4) what tools and guiding principles can help emergency managers prepare their communities.
FEMA Region III’s 2014 Hurricane Preparedness Toolkit
Prepared by FEMA Region III for the 2014 Hurricane Preparedness Week, many of the messages and resources can be used by fire and emergency departments throughout hurricane season to help inform the public about hurricane hazards and provide information on what to do before, during, and after a hurricane strike.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook
NOAA is predicting a near-normal or below-normal hurricane season in the Atlantic in 2014.
NOAA is predicting a near-normal or above-normal hurricane season in the Eastern Pacific in 2014.
NOAA established a special Hurricane Preparedness Week web site that includes information regarding various aspects of hurricane preparedness, including major hazards associated with hurricanes, the differences between various hurricane and tropical storm alerts, and the key elements for hurricane preparedness and action.
NOAA has released a set of videos and public service announcements in English and Spanish that can be used to educate communities about hurricane preparedness.
National Weather Service (NWS)
NOAA’s National Weather Service provides up-to-date weather conditions and forecasts for the nation, including tropical storm and hurricane information.
The National Hurricane Center maintains a continuous watch on tropical cyclones over the Atlantic, Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico and the Eastern Pacific from May 15 through November 30. The Center prepares and distributes hurricane watches and warnings for the general public, and also prepares and distributes marine and military advisories for other users.
The Department of Homeland Security and The Advertising Council partnered to develop Ready, a national public service advertising campaign designed to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to emergencies including natural disasters and potential terrorist attacks. This page goes through the steps to take to before, during, and after a hurricane.
National Volunteer Fire Council
Volunteer firefighters whose homes have been impacted by a state- or federally-declared disaster can apply for financial assistance through the NVFC Volunteer Firefighter Support Fund.