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.
The Louisiana National Guard is continuing to provide essential supplies such as fuel, water, ice and food to communities across the state that were affected by Hurricane Ida.
Following the devastation Hurricane Ida caused in Southern Louisiana, nearly 500 Oklahoma Army and Air National Guard members volunteered to give up their Labor Day weekends to come to the aid of their neighbors.
Thousands of Louisiana National Guardsmen continue emergency operations in the state in the wake of Hurricane Ida.
Hundreds of Georgia National Guardsmen assembled at hometown armories and bases across the state and headed to Louisiana to assist with Hurricane Ida relief.
More than 5,400 National Guard Soldiers and Airmen responding to Hurricane Ida in Louisiana have rescued hundreds of people, cleared roads and distributed food and water to victims of the devastating storm.
More than 320 soldiers from the Tennessee National Guard were activated to support Hurricane Ida relief efforts in Louisiana.
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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