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2017 Hurricane Season

Hurricane season lasts from June through November each year. Hurricanes are one of nature’s most powerful forces, turning warm ocean water into powerful storms capable of mass destruction. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts a 70 percent likelihood of 10 to 14 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which four to eight could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher). One to four of these may become major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5 with winds of 111 mph or higher). This website provides information on how to learn about your specific hurricane vulnerabilities. By knowing what actions to take before the hurricane season begins, when a hurricane approaches, what action to take when the storm is in your area, and what to do after a hurricane leaves your area you can increase your chance of survival.

Hurricane winds can cause storm surges and tornados. The heavy rains associated with hurricanes can not only threaten coastal areas, but areas hundreds of miles inland. In some cases, flooding can occur days after a hurricane actually hits shore.

Employers should develop emergency preparedness plans and emergency response policies and procedures to instruct employees on practicing safety when a storm is approaching and during and after a storm. The plans, policies and procedures should provide guidance on continuing business operations; accounting for employees, facilitating employees’ safe return to work, resuming operations after the storm and employees safely performing recovery and clean-up efforts.

TDI Resources

DWC offers several emergency preparedness and hurricane-related safety publications online, including:

  • Driving in the Rain Take 5 for Safety;
  • Emergency Action Plan Sample OSHA Written Program;
  • Emergency Procedures for Employees with Disabilities in Office Occupations Resource Guide (English/Spanish);
  • Emergency Management Fact Sheet (English/Spanish);
  • Emergency Response Planning Safety Training Program;
  • Hurricane Preparation FactSheet (English/Spanish);
  • Hurricane/Tornado Recovery Efforts and Clean-Up Hazards (English/Spanish); and
  • Tree Trimming Safety Tips for Hurricane/Tornado (English/Spanish).

The TDI-DWC also offers an emergency preparedness training course that can be customized to a Texas employer’s worksite and delivered onsite:

Emergency Preparedness

Being prepared can reduce fear, anxiety, and losses that accompany disasters. Communities, families, and individuals should know what to do in the event of a fire and where to seek shelter during a tornado. They should be ready to evacuate their homes and take refuge in public shelters and know how to care for their basic medical needs. People also can reduce the impact of disasters (flood proofing, elevating a home or moving a home out of harm’s way, and securing items that could shake loose in an earthquake) and sometimes avoid the danger completely. (Length: 4 hours)

This program will enable the participant to:

  • Develop an emergency plan;
  • Collect and assemble a disaster supplies kit;
  • Seek suitable shelter;
  • Identify community warning systems and evacuation routes; and
  • Correct specific hazards.

Other Resources

Centers for Disease Control - Natural Disasters and Severe Weather

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - National Weather Service

National Hurricane Center - Hurricane Preparedness 

Occupational Safety & Health Administration - Preparedness and Response

Texas Department of Insurance - After the Storm

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Last updated: 05/09/2017

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