What can you do to reduce the risks of a hurricane, typhoon or cyclone?

Travel destinations with the most tropical cyclones

Note: storms don't care much about storm seasons, they can occur earlier or later depending on annual climate variations (and accompanying water temperatures). Climate change makes predicting these extreme storms also more difficult

  • Caribbean: Hurricane season: June 1 - November 30, with most storms forming in September and October. Islands of Puerto Rico, Bahamas, Cuba and Dominican republic are more likely to be struck than Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao
  • United States (including Hawaii): Hurricane Season: June 1 - November 30
  • Mexico: Hurricane Season: May 15 - November (East Pacific) or June 1 - November 30 (Atlantic/Caribbean)
  • Japan, Vietnam, Taiwan, China: Typhoon season: Year Round
  • Philippines: Typhoon season: Year Round, peaking in May to November
  • Australia: Cyclone season: November to April
  • Madagascar: Cyclone season: November 15 - April 30, with peak activity in February

Check beforehand whether your country of residence has an official site with reliable information in regards to natural disasters.

  • are hurricanes, typhoons or cyclones common in your country of living?
  • in which months is the highest activity of typhoons?
  • what are the most common areas impacted?

Best things to do: preparation and/or in case of a hurricane, typhoon or cyclone

BEFORE a tropical cyclone

  • When booking a visit to a hurricane destination during storm season be aware of the risks, accommodation might be cheap, but it comes with a prize
  • Inspect your house for possible repairs (esp. roof).
  • Clean drainage to avoid clogging.
  • Store supplies; food, water, flashlight, batteries, and medical supplies. Canned goods are ideal for food.
  • When living in a hazard prone or risk area, you should evacuate as early as possible.
  • Keep up-to-date with the weather forecast (radio/tv/internet).
  • When living in a flood prone area, move electric appliances to safe, high-up areas.


  • Stay inside and stay calm. Avoid travel.
  • Keep up-to-date with the weather forecast (radio/TV/internet).
  • Don't operate electric appliances during flood.
  • Avoid wading through flooded areas to avoid water-transmitted diseases.
  • Close the windows and turn off the main power switch.
  • Avoid the way leading to or along the river.

AFTER the storm struck

  • Keep up-to-date with the weather forecast (radio/tv/internet).
  • If your house was damaged, make sure that it is already safe and stable when you enter.
  • Watch out for live wires or outlet immersed in water.
  • Boil water before drinking it to avoid diseases.
  • Do not let water accumulate in tires, cans or pots to avoid creating a favorable condition for mosquito breeding that can cause dengue.
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