Long Island, New York
Steven Bellone, County Executive
A 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.
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
Joseph F. Williams
John G. Jordan Sr.
Director of the Office of Emergency Management
PO BOX 127
SHELTER AND STORM SURGE ZONE MAPPING TOOL
The 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.
SUFFOLK EMERGENCY NOTIFICATIONS - 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.
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:
The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) coordinates the county's response to natural or man made disasters. OEM personnel are responsible for the operations of the county's Emergency Operation Center (EOC) and work with local, state, and federal officials in shelter management, planning, resource management, and radiological response coordination.
Phone: (631) 852-4900
Fax: (631) 852-4922
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