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2014 Hurricane Season

Hurricane IreneHurricane season begins June 1st and ends November 30th, with the peak threat period from mid-August through October. A “near-normal or below-normal” 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 8 to 13 named storms (with winds of 39 mph or higher), of which 3 to 6 could become hurricanes (with winds of 74 mph or higher) and of those 1 to 2 will become major hurricanes (with 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. Information on individual and family preparedness can be found at www.ready.gov and www.nhc.noaa.gov/prepare/.

USACE Role in Hurricane Response
Each 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 employees stand ready to engage in severe weather emergency support missions. FEMA assigns USACE missions to include: debris management, commodities distribution, temporary housing, temporary roofing, emergency power, infrastructure assessment, and support to urban search and rescue.

  • USACE has more than 50 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.

Preparedness Tips

  • Build an emergency kit and make a family communication plan.
  • Listen to your all-weather radio or TV for information.
  • During the hurricane, take refuge in a small interior room, closet or hallway on the lowest level.
  • Stay alert for extended rainfall and subsequent flooding even after the hurricane or tropical storm has ended.
  • Follow the local officials’ evacuation order! If you evacuated, return home only when officials say it is safe.
  • After the hurricane has passed, drive only if necessary and avoid flooded roads and washed out bridges.