The US hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30, and can affect the whole of the mid-Atlantic and southern USA, including Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.
There are a number of things you can do to prepare yourself if you live in, or are planning to travel to this region including:
- Telling us where you are in advance of a hurricane by registering on our on-line registration system called Locate.
- Telling friends or family in advance about your itinerary and calling them to let them know of your plans if a hurricane moves into the area in which you are staying;
- Paying close attention to weather reports on local TV and radio stations;
- Keeping important numbers handy such as family and friends, airlines, tour operators, travel insurance providers and that of the nearest British Consulate.
- Ensuring that you have access to supplies of food, water, radios, torches, first aid kit, etc.
You can also monitor local and international weather updates from World Meteorological Organization and the National Hurricane Center for updates. Please also see the "Hurricanes" section of the Foreign and Commonwealth website for more detailed information about what to do if you are caught in a hurricane.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency's website (FEMA) contains information about how to prepare for extreme weather conditions and what to do if you are told to evacuate. It also provides a useful list of disaster supplies that will help if you live in an area affected by storms and hurricanes.