Hurricane Preparedness and Response

Do you know how to keep safe in hurricane weather? Do you know how to respond in the aftermath? These are important questions you should be able to answer if you live on the east coast and are affected by the yearly hurricane season, which runs from June to November and peaks between August and October.

To help prepare you for these major weather events, OSHA has created a Hurricane Preparedness and Response page that focuses on two areas: preparedness and response/recovery.

The preparedness section focuses on planning in the event of a hurricane, such as the development of an Evacuation Plan and triggers that will activate the plan. It also provides important terminology so you know the difference between a Hurricane Watch (a hurricane is possible in a specific area) and a Hurricane Warning (a hurricane is expected to reach a specific area, typically within 24 hours), as well as a table describing the 5 hurricane strength categories according to the Saffir-Simpson scale (5 being the strongest).

The preparedness page also provides links directing you how to equip yourself with items such as a Basic Disaster Supplies Kit

OSHA encourages you to practice your safety procedures in the event of a hurricane, and offers informative links about hurricanes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and a preparedness plan from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

OSHA also provides a Hurricane eMatrix, one of OSHA’s many eTools, to help employers make decisions to protect workers.

Hurricane season can be a dangerous time for those exposed to the violent weather that comes along with it. But you can greatly improve your chances of coming through hurricane season safely if you are prepared for it.