Disaster Information

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Many people do not realize the threat that hurricanes can present—even if they live in hurricane-prone areas—because they have not experienced a major hurricane. It is critically important to get timely notifications of approaching hurricanes.

  • Learn how to obtain alerts and warnings in advance. These include watches and warnings for high winds, storm surge, flooding (e.g., flash flooding, coastal flooding, river flooding), thunderstorms, and tornadoes.

  • Consider buying a NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards receiver, which receives broadcast alerts directly from the National Weather Service.

  • Learn the meaning of Advisory, Watch, and Warning.

  • Take immediate action upon receiving a hurricane watch or warning for your local area to minimize the loss of life and property during hurricanes and tropical storms.

  • Understand various methods for communication in case power is lost.