Hurricane Bob
Hurricane Bob - 1991

We've all seen it on the news. Long lines at the grocery stores and empty shelves at home supply warehouses as the hurricane bears down on some unfortunate coastal community. Like most things in life, the time to prepare for a hurricane is well before you hear warnings on your local radio station. With hurricane season in Massachusetts starting on June 1 and peaking in August and September, the time to prepare is the beginning of spring and throughout the summer, especially if a storm is approaching. Any named storm in the Bahamas has the potential to hit New England, so stay tuned to the local weather forecasts and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Weather Radio, and see CZ-Tip - The Complete Guide to Online Hurricane Tracking for Massachusetts for more on how to keep an eye on the storms. Also, use the information below to help you prepare to weather any storm that comes this way.

Hurricane guides and general information

NOAA's National Hurricane Center  ♦   ♦  CNN Weather: Hurricanes  ♦  USA Today's Hurricane Page  ♦  NOAA's Hurricane Research Division  ♦  New Bedford's Hurricane Page  ♦  Unisys Weather: Hurricane/Tropical Data  ♦  Weather Underground: Tropical Weather and Hurricanes

Protecting yourself and your family before, during, and after the storm

FEMA Hurricane Page  ♦  NOAA's Hurricane Preparedness  ♦  American Red Cross Hurricane Preparedness  ♦  USA Today's Hurricane Safety Guide  ♦  Clemson University Extension's Hurricane Preparedness Page  ♦  National Hurricane Preparedness Week  ♦ 

Disaster kits

Ready.gov's Build a Kit Page  ♦  American Red Cross Get a Kit Page  ♦  MEMA's Build an Emergency Kit Page

Developing an emergency plan for your family

Ready.gov's Make a Plan Page  ♦  The Weather Channel Family Preparedness Plan Page  ♦  American Red Cross Family Disaster Plan

Protecting your home

Protecting Your Home from Hurricane Wind Damage by the American Red Cross, FEMA, and others  ♦  USA Today's Protecting Your Home Against a Hurricane  ♦  Using Freeboard to Elevate Structures above Predicted Floodwaters Page from the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) pdf format of    ssc5-freeboard.pdf

Protecting your pets

Ready.gov's Caring for Animals Page  ♦  Humane Society's Disaster Preparedness for Pets  ♦  Village of East Rockaway's Pets and Hurricanes  ♦  ADT's Protect Your Pets from Natural Disasters

Protecting your boat

U.S. Coast Guard's Storm Warnings Page with a Section on How Do I Prepare My Boat, Trailer or Myself Before a Hurricane?  ♦  BoatU.S. Hurricane Resource Center  ♦  Hurricane Preparedness Plan: Marina/Yacht Club/Municipal Anchorage pdf format of    hurricane-plan-marina.pdf   ♦  FEMA Major Storm Preparedness: Aware Boater Checklist  ♦  10 Ways to Prepare Your Boat for Hurricane Season from Boatinsurance.org

Learn about and track hurricanes

CZM's CZ-Tip - The Complete Guide to Online Hurricane Tracking for Massachusetts  ♦  Coastlines 2002, the CZM magazine, focuses on hurricanes and the potential impacts to Massachusetts pdf format of    Coastlines 2002 - Hurricanes  file size 4MB  ♦  Saffir/Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale from the National Weather Service (NWS)  ♦  Atlantic Basin Hurricane Tracking Chart from NOAA  ♦  Hurricane Names from NWS  ♦  Colorado State University's Atlantic Seasonal Hurricane Forecast  ♦  FEMA's Hurricanes...Unleashing Nature's Fury  ♦  NOAA's Historical Hurricanes Mapping & Analysis Tool  ♦  NOAA's FAQ: Hurricanes, Typhoons, and Tropical Cyclones  ♦  NOAA's Reason to Name Hurricanes  ♦  Miami Museum of Science Hurricane: Storm Science Page for Kids

New England hurricanes

A Centennial Review of Major Land Falling Tropical Cyclones in Southern New England from NWS  ♦   ♦  The 1938 Hurricane from the National Hurricane Center  ♦  Hurricanes Carol, 1954, from the National Hurricane Center  ♦  Hurricanes Edna, 1954, from the National Hurricane Center

Additional information

FEMA National Flood Insurance Program  ♦  Floods from Electrical Safety Foundation International  ♦  The Hurricane Hunters Association

Photo: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration