Hurricane season is from June to November, but preparation, response and recovery are ongoing throughout the year. The Defense Department stands ready with troops, equipment and other capabilities to assist local and federal authorities prepare and provide humanitarian and disaster response support.
KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft and aircrews stationed at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., safely evacuated to McConnell Air Force Base, Kan., due to Tropical Storm Elsa.
The Air Force Reserve’s 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron Hurricane Hunters wrapped up their aerial reconnaissance efforts for Hurricane Elsa after the storm made landfall on the northwest coast of Florida.
Hurricane response is an all-hands-on-deck effort with the Defense Department and uniformed services providing protection for the homeland with forecasting and monitoring and then with potential recovery efforts.
Military OneSource provides valuable information for service members and families on personnel accountability and other aspects of preparing for and dealing with hurricanes and other disasters.
The 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron “Hurricane Hunters” aerial reconnaissance weather officer and loadmaster/dropsonde operator stations are being upgraded with hardware and software to increase their weather collecting capabilities.
Every year, the U.S. Navy trains to withstand hurricane season with a dual exercise called Hurricane Exercise/Citadel Gale.
Track the latest developments with the National Hurricane Center
DOD's Role in Hurricane Preparedness & Response
Make a Plan Today
Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so know how you’ll contact one another and reconnect if separated. Establish a meeting place that’s familiar and easy to find.
Build a Kit
Have enough food, water and other supplies to support your needs for several days.
Know what disasters and hazards could affect your area, how to get emergency alerts and where you would go if you and your family need to evacuate.
Hurricanes pose the greatest threat to life and property of all natural disasters – bringing powerful winds, dangerous storm surges, inland flooding and tornadoes.
DOD is elevating climate change as a national security priority, integrating climate considerations into policies, strategies and partner engagements.
“Climate change has exacerbated natural disasters such as hurricanes, drought and flooding both at home and abroad.” – Kathleen H. Hicks, Deputy Secretary of Defense
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