Hurricane season begins June 1 and ends November 30, with the peak threat period from mid-August through October. An 85% chance of a near- or above-normal season hurricane season is expected for the Atlantic Basin this year according to the forecast from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center. The forecast calls for a 70 percent chance of 12-17 named storms (with top winds of 39 mph or higher), of which five to eight will strengthen to a hurricane (with top winds of 74 mph or higher) and of those two to three will become major hurricanes (with top winds of 111 mph or higher, ranking Category 3, 4 or 5). As with every hurricane season, it is important to have a hurricane preparedness plan in place.
USACE Role in Hurricane Response
Every year, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, part of the federal government’s unified national response to disasters and emergencies, sends hundreds of people to respond to disasters around the world.
USACE has more than 40 specially trained response teams ready to perform a wide range of public works and engineering-related support missions.
USACE uses pre-awarded contracts that can be quickly activated for missions such as debris removal, temporary roofing, water and commodities distribution, and generator installation.
When disasters occur, USACE teams and other resources are mobilized from across the country to assist our local districts and offices to deliver our response missions.