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2017 Hurricane Season

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Hurricane season usually lasts from June to November. An average hurricane season produces about 12 storms big enough to be named, of which six typically become hurricanes. Tropical storms and hurricanes can cause severe weather events like flooding, tornadoes, and thunderstorms. The National Weather Service offers information about what to expect during hurricane season, and DWC can help minimize damage to businesses and help you protect the health and safety of your employees.

To prepare for hurricane season, DWC recommends that employers develop emergency preparedness plans and emergency response policies and procedures. These documents are used to instruct employees on how to stay safe in a storm or hurricane and during cleanup operations after a storm.

Emergency preparedness plans, policies, and procedures should provide guidance for:

  • what to do when severe weather occurs during work hours;
  • continuing business operations;
  • accounting for all employees;
  • facilitating employees’ safe return to work;
  • resuming operations after a storm; and
  • directions for safe recovery and clean-up efforts.


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.

DWC 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).

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: 7/10/2017