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Hurricane, Wind & Water Surge Hazards

High winds and water surges often are associated with:

  • Hurricanes
  • Storms
  • Straight-line Winds
  • Tornadoes
  • Tsunamis

FEMA helps communities prepare for, respond to and recover from the risks that come from hurricanes, high winds and storm surges.

Damaged fence with debris and downed trees as a result of hurricane wind from Katrina.
Downed trees as a result of hurricane wind from Katrina.

Our agency also collaborates with partners and organizations at the state, local and federal levels to develop the tools, data and outreach our nation needs and deserves.


Satellite view of a hurricane

Hurricane Planning and Response

The National Hurricane Program provides data, resources and technical assistance for hurricane evacuation planning and response for state, local, tribal, territorial and federal government partners. Hurricane evacuation and response planning efforts span from steady-state deliberate planning to operational decision support and crisis planning when hurricanes threaten the United States.

Man  measuring each window to  secure the shutters

National Windstorm Impact Reduction Program

The National Windstorm Impact Reduction Program works to reduce losses from windstorms through a coordinated federal effort. FEMA supports the program by assisting with the development of risk assessment tools and mitigation techniques, data collection and analysis, and public outreach and information dissemination.


Building Science Publications

Visit the Building Science resource library for FEMA’s collection of hazard-specific guidance that focuses on creating disaster-resistance communities.

Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to Frequently Asked Questions about high winds.

Rebuilding after a hurricane can be difficult enough without the added financial hardships that can come with flood damage. Speak to an insurance agent about a flood insurance policy to make sure you are protected from costly damages.