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.
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.
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:
- Passport (and visa, if applicable);
- Form I-20, “Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status”;
- Your Social Security card and Form I-766, “Employment Authorization Document,” (if applicable);
- Financial records;
- Plane tickets (if applicable);
- Contact information for your designated school official (DSO); and
- Contact information for the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) including email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and phone (703-603-3400).