A hurricane is a big storm with thunder, lightning, and very strong winds. A hurricane can have winds of more than 75 miles per hour.
Hurricane Season in Connecticut is June 1 through November 30.
If there is a hurricane warning, take shelter right away or evacuate if you are told to do so by emergency officials. You can learn more about what to do before, during, and after a hurricane online on the Connecticut Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security website.
Before a Hurricane
- Prepare an emergency kit.
- Familiarize yourself with hurricane evacuation routes in your area. Determine where you would go and how you would get there if you needed to evacuate.
- Trim trees and shrubs around your home to make them more wind resistant.
- Clear clogged rain gutters and downspouts.
- Bring in all outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans, and anything else that is not tied down.
- Please find additional information for Before a Hurricane on the Connecticut Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security website.
During a Hurricane
- Stay tuned to the radio and your local news station for official weather information.
- Follow all instructions and advice given by emergency officials.
- Stay indoors during a hurricane and away from windows and glass doors.
- Close all interior doors.
- Secure and brace all exterior doors.
- Take refuge in a small interior room, closet, or hallway on the lowest level of your residence.
- If you live in a mobile home, plan to leave. Mobile homes are unsafe in high winds.
- Do not attempt to evacuate during the height of a hurricane. You are safer batten down in your home than out on the road where flying debris can be hazardous.
- Please find additional information for During a Hurricane on the Connecticut Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security website.
After a Hurricane
- Continue to listen for the latest updates on the radio and your local news station regarding extended rainfall and subsequent flooding after the hurricane has ended.
- If you evacuated your home, only return when officials say it is safe to do so.
- If you cannot return home and need to stay in a shelter, contact your local Emergency Management Office to find out about shelter locations near you.
- Drive only if necessary avoiding flooded roads and washed out bridges.
- Keep away from loose, damaged power lines and report them immediately to the Utility Company.
- Stay out of any building if you smell gas, if floodwaters remain, or if your home was damaged by fire and the authorities have not declared it safe.
- Inspect your home for damage. Take pictures of damage both of the building and its contents for insurance purposes. If you have doubts about safety, have your residence inspected by a qualified building inspector or structural engineer before entering.
- Avoid drinking or preparing food with tap water until you are sure it is not contaminated.
- Please find additional information for After a Hurricane on the Connecticut Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security website.