Hurricane Season: June 1-November 30

Hurricane Season: June 1-November 30

The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30, with the principal threat period for Connecticut occurring between mid-August and mid-October.

Taking measures to prepare now and knowing your vulnerability could reduce the impacts you will face in the aftermath of a hurricane. You and your family should be ready before a storm is even forecasted. Hurricanes and tropical storms bring storm surges, heavy rain, winds, flooding and can result in tornadoes and rip currents. Stay informed, make an emergency plan, implement your plan, and have emergency supplies ready in the event you need them. For more information on how to prepare for hurricane season, please visit any of the following resources:

http://emergency.yale.edu/be-prepared/hurricane

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/prepare/

http://m.fema.gov/hurricane

http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/hurricane

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) forecasters predict a 70% likelihood of 11 to 17 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which 5 of 9 could become a hurricane (winds of 74 mph or higher), including 2 to 4 major hurricanes (Category 3,4 or 5; winds of 111 mph of higher). An average season produces 12 named storms of which six become hurricanes, including three major hurricanes.

Recommended Items to Include in a Basic Emergency Supply Kit

  • One gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • At least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • A whistle to signal for help
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • A manual can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
  • Household bleach and medicine dropper- when diluted nine parts water to one part bleach, it can be used as a disinfectant. Or in an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.
  • Make sure to include the needs of your family members, especially if you have kids, are caring for family members who are elderly, frail, or disabled, and if you have pets.

Create a Family Emergency Plan

  • Communications Plan: Identify an out-of town contact.  It may be easier to make a long-distance phone call than to call across town, so an out-of-town contact may be in a better position to communicate among separated family members. Text messages can often get around network disruptions when a phone call might not be able to get through.
  • Evacuation Plan: Where would you go if you had to evacuate your home? Your neighborhood? Your region?
  • Stay informed:
    • At Yale- make sure that your contact information is up-to-date so that you receive Yale Alerts. Save 203-432-5830 on your phone, give it a special ringtone so that you never miss the call.
    • NOAA Weather radio
    • Subscribe to your local community’s alert services. You can usually find instructions on your community’s website.
    • New Haven: http://www.cityofnewhaven.com/EmergencyInfo/optinout.asp
    • Go to www.ct.gov/ctalert to register for emergency alerts.