Prepare for Emergencies: Hurricanes and Tornadoes

Depending where you live in the United States, you may need to prepare for emergencies in the case of a hurricane or tornado. Read more.

Hurricane season for the Atlantic is June 1 through November 30, while for the Eastern Pacific it is May 15 through November 30. Also overlapping with hurricane season is tornado season, which normally lasts from March until June. However, tornadoes can occur any time of the year.

What is a hurricane?

A hurricane is a tropical cyclone that bring strong winds, thunderstorms, and heavy rain. They are dangerous because they are very damaging and usually last a week.

Extra: what causes a hurricane?

Photo: Hurricane Ivan. Photograph courtesy NASA/GSFC.
Photo: Hurricane Ivan. Photograph courtesy NASA/GSFC.
Hurricanes mostly affect these areas in the U.S., while other states will receive an increase of rain and winds.
Hurricanes mostly affect these areas in the U.S., while other states will receive an increase of rain and winds.

 

What is a tornado?

A tornado is a violent vortex of rotating winds that take the form of a funnel-shaped cloud. A tornado is also very dangerous because of the destruction it can cause. In an average year, about 1,000 tornadoes are reported in the U.S.

Extra: what causes a tornado?

Tornado touching down in Parker, Colorado in 2008. Photograph courtesy of www.weather.com
Tornado touching down in Parker, Colorado in 2008. Photograph courtesy of www.weather.com
Tornadoes can occur in any of the 50 states, but it doesn't happen each year. Most occur in what is called "Tornado Alley". Photograph courtesy of NOAA and USA Today.
Tornadoes can occur in any of the 50 states, but it doesn’t happen each year. Most occur in what is called “Tornado Alley”. Photograph courtesy of NOAA and USA Today.

Preparing for an emergency

If you are an international student and live in an area where you think you may be affected by a hurricane and/or tornado, you need to have a plan in place. According to Study in the States, a blog sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security you should keep the following in order in case you need to evacuate quickly:

Click here: learn how to prepare before, during, and after a hurricane

Click here: learn how to prepare before, during, and after a tornado

 

It’s extremely important to know how to prepare for a disaster. Have a plan in place!

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