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Hurricane Planning and Evacuation Planning

The National Hurricane Program (NHP) assists federal, state, local, tribal and territorial emergency managers in hurricane preparedness, and evacuation and response planning efforts.​​​​​​ These efforts span from steady-state deliberate planning to operational decision support and crisis action planning when hurricanes threaten the United States. The NHP supports emergency managers through three goals:

  • Provide operational tools, information and technical assistance to emergency managers to support their hurricane evacuation and response decisions during hurricane threats.
  • Provide data, resources and technical assistance to support hurricane evacuation and response planning.
  • Deliver comprehensive hurricane preparedness training to emergency managers and partners.

The National Hurricane Program is an interagency partnership between FEMA, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the NOAA National Hurricane Center (NHC). Each partner contributes personnel and resources to execute the NHP’s goals: three federal partners, one mission to save lives.

NHP Components

Sea, Lake and Overland Surge from Hurricanes (SLOSH) products identify areas at risk of storm surge flooding from hurricanes. SLOSH modeling and risk products can be used for planning scenarios and operational decision making.

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Hurricane Evacuation Studies (HES) provide critical planning factors and information that guide hurricane evacuation and response plans. HES assess vulnerability of a population to hurricane threats and provide guidance to local emergency managers for planning an evacuation of the community.

The Hurricane Decision Support Tool (HURREVAC) is a free web-based platform available to government emergency managers that provides evacuation timing guidance. HURREVAC combines real-time National Hurricane Center forecast products and storm surge modeling with evacuation clearance times from Hurricane Evacuation Studies.

The NHP Program conducts a suite of Emergency Management Institute training courses for emergency managers on hurricane preparedness. Training curriculum and instruction are provided by FEMA, USACE and National Hurricane Center staff.

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The FEMA Hurricane Liaison Team (HLT) is the operational component of the NHP. The team facilitates the rapid exchange of forecast and risk information between the National Hurricane Center and the emergency management community. The team assists emergency managers with the application of forecast products, HES, and HURREVAC, during a hurricane threat.

Post-storm assessments can be used to evaluate the accuracy and usefulness of the NHP tools, products and operational support to emergency managers. Assessment results are used to guide future improvements to the NHP.

The NHP engages intergovernmental stakeholders to coordinate and guide program implementation and development. Stakeholders include federal, state, local, tribal and territorial government officials, the end users of the program’s products and services.

The Interagency Coordinating Committee on Hurricanes (ICCOH) is the primary mechanism for coordinating the NHP’s goals, products, and priorities with state, and territorial partners. The ICCOH holds a yearly annual meeting and virtual forums quarterly.

Additional Resources

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View the Building Science library for hurricane publications related to structural safety.


State, local, tribal and territorial emergency managers should contact their FEMA Regional Hurricane Program Managers for more information.  For NHP program partner or FEMA Regional Hurricane Program Manager contact information, additional resources, or questions, contact FEMA’s National Hurricane Program.

For updates on NHP developments, subscribe to the NHP’s quarterly newsletter.