Hurricane Planning and Preparation

Graphic image of a hurricaneA hurricane is a type of tropical cyclone or severe tropical storm that forms in the southern Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico, and in the eastern Pacific Ocean. A typical cyclone is accompanied by thunderstorms, and in the Northern Hemisphere, a counterclockwise circulation of winds near the earth’s surface.
All Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coastal areas are subject to hurricanes. Parts of the Southwest United States and the Pacific Coast also experience heavy rains and floods each year from hurricanes spawned off Mexico. The Atlantic hurricane season lasts from June to November, with the peak season from mid-August to late October. The Eastern Pacific hurricane season begins May 15 and ends November 30.
Hurricanes can cause catastrophic damage to coastlines and several hundred miles inland. Hurricane can produce winds exceeding 155 miles per hour as well as tornadoes and mircrobursts. Additionally, hurricanes can create storm surges along the coast and cause extensive damage from heavy rainfall. Floods and flying debris from the excessive winds are often the deadly and destructive results of these weather events. Slow moving hurricanes traveling into mountainous regions tend to produce especially heavy rain. Excessive rain can trigger landslides or mud slides. Flash flooding can occur due to intense rainfall.
Between 1970 and 1999, more people lost their lives from freshwater inland flooding associated with tropical cyclones than from any other weather hazard related to such storms.

The goal of this Hurricane Preparedness Web site is to inform the public about the hurricane hazards and provide knowledge which can be used to take ACTION. This information can be used to save lives at work, home, while on the road, or on the water.

Emergency Planning

You can begin this process by gathering family members and making sure each person is well-informed on potential hazards and community plans. Discuss with them what you would do if family members are not home when a warning is issued. Additionally, your family plan should address the following:

Additional Hurricane Preparedness Resources

Additional Hazard Forecast Updates


Steve Bellone

John G. Jordan Sr.

Ed Schneyer
Director of the Office of Emergency Management

MAIN 631-852-4900
FAX 631-852-4922

Preparedness Resources


Shelter and Storm Surge Zone Mapping ToolThe Shelter and Storm Surge Zone Mapping Tool will help you find the Red Cross Shelters that are closest to your home and also allow you to determine if your home is in an area that is predicted to flood during a hurricane. Click here to learn more.


Emergency Notifications from Suffolk Code Red


In the event of an impending or actual emergency. Suffolk County will use the Suffolk Code Red System to contact member residents in affected communities. Alerts may include evacuation orders or missing child notifications. The CodeRED system will also be used for general notifications that may include road closures, construction or boil water advisories. Click here to learn more.


Emergency Preparedness Registry

The Suffolk County Emergency Preparedness Registry and JEEP Program have been combined into a single database:

This new Registry gathers information from Suffolk County Residents for use during emergencies, evacuations and sheltering operations.
Smart911 is designed to provide:

  •  Valuable lifesaving information to Emergency Responders during their response to a registered address.
  • Identification of specific needs of residents requiring assistance during evacuations. 
  •  Resources required to accommodate individuals during sheltering operations. 


Suffolk County Emergency Notifications Emergency Preparedness Registry