Peak hurricane season starts mid-August and typically lasts through October. Here are some resources to help your water utility to weather the storms as best as you can. According to the National Hurricane Center , there are five major hazards associated with hurricanes. These hazards include storm surge & storm tide , heavy rainfall & inland flooding , high winds , as well as rip currents and tornadoes . Storm surge can travel several miles inland and can cause dangerous saltwater intrusion in areas with estuaries and bayous. Use this Storm Surge Inundation Map from U.S. EPA to view your utility’s hurricane risk, mitigate flood damage, and get real-time coastal storm advisories. Rainfall amounts are not directly related to the strength of tropical cyclones but rather to the speed and size of the storm, as well as the geography of the area. This means that it is important to track the rise of water levels even after the storm has passed and to be prepared for flooding. U.S. EPA's Flood Resilience Guide is a helpful resource to know your flooding threat and identify practical mitigation options to protect your assets. Hurricane force winds (74 mph or more) can destroy buildings and cause power outages as debris flies around so emergency managers should plan on having their evacuations complete and their personnel sheltered before the onset of tropical storm-force winds, not hurricane-force winds. Access U.S. EPA's newly updated Power Resilience Guide to learn about strategies water and wastewater utilities can use to increase resilience to power outages. Further Hurricane Season Resources: Hurricane Tracker | National Hurricane Center Use this tool to view storm activity in your area to better prepare for potential landfall of a hurricane. Hurricane Incident Action Checklist | U.S. EPA This checklist outlines key actions that can be taken immediately before, during, and after the event to mitigate impacts. Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool (CREAT) | U.S. EPA CREAT is a tool that assists water sector utilities in assessing climate-related risks to utility assets and operations. Throughout CREAT’s five modules, users consider climate impacts and identify adaptation options to increase resilience. NHC Outreach Resources | National Hurricane Center Find resources and information about the practical program of education and outreach on hazardous tropical weather offered by the National Hurricane Center. Federal Funding for Utilities in National Disasters (Fed FUNDS) | U.S. EPA Fed FUNDS presents information tailored to water and wastewater utilities on federal disaster and mitigation funding programs from EPA, FEMA, HUD and SBA. Emergency Response Tools | U.S. EPA EPA has a variety of tools and guidance to support drinking water and wastewater utility preparedness and response.