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The Hurricane Season begins June 1 and ends on November 30th.   It’s imperative that our Veterans, their families, and communities are prepared. reports hurricanes are large swirling storms that produce winds of 119 kilometers per hour (74 mph) or higher.  When a hurricane reaches land, it pushes a wall of ocean water (also called storm surge) ashore.   Heavy rain and storm surge from a hurricane can cause flooding, destroy homes and buildings, topple trees and powerlines, and can be deadly.  Once a hurricane is formed forecasters predict its path and its strength – this information helps people to get ready for the storm.

What are the categories of a Hurricane?

  • Category 1: Winds 119-153 km/hr (74-95 mph) - faster than a cheetah
  • Category 2: Winds 154-177 km/hr (96-110 mph) - as fast or faster than a baseball pitcher's fastball
  • Category 3: Winds 178-208 km/hr (111-129 mph) - similar, or close, to the serving speed of many professional tennis players
  • Category 4: Winds 209-251 km/hr (130-156 mph) - faster than the world's fastest rollercoaster
  • Category 5: Winds more than 252 km/hr (157 mph) - similar, or close, to the speed of some high-speed trains

What are the parts of a Hurricane?
  • Eye: The eye is the "hole" at the center of the storm. Winds are light in this area. Skies are partly cloudy, and sometimes even clear.
  • Eye wall: The eye wall is a ring of thunderstorms. These storms swirl around the eye. The wall is where winds are strongest and rain is heaviest.
    Rain bands: Bands of clouds and rain go far out from a hurricane's eye wall. These bands stretch for hundreds of miles. They contain thunderstorms and sometimes tornado.
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FEMA offers the following Hurricane Safety Tips to get you prepared ahead of the storm.

Make A Plan: Speak to your family about how they will communicate with each other during a significant weather event when you are separated, or during an evacuation order.

Be Financially Prepared: An emergency savings account, along with insurance will help you to recover from a disaster more quickly.

Download the FEMA App: The FEMA App contains important information on what to do before, during, and after a hurricane. Use the App to receive weather alerts from NOAA’s National Weather Service, including lifesaving safety tips, and other disaster resources. The App is available in the Apple App store or the Google Play store, and is also available in Spanish.


The VA provides disaster assistance for Veterans including:

Mobile Veteran Support:
After a disaster, the VA may place mobile support in your area to assist with medical, pharmaceutical, and benefit claims. Veterans in the impacted area can also seek assistance at VA facilities.

Specialized Medical Equipment Support:
After a disaster, the VA may place mobile support in your area to assist with medical, pharmaceutical, and benefit claims. Veterans in the impacted area can also seek assistance at VA facilities.
Service Animals:
For Service animal expenses incurred as a result from a disaster contact your Sensory Aids representative.

VA Outreach Program:
Spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, and home bound Veterans in need of assistance should anticipate being contacted by a VA representative.
Download the VA’s Disaster Relief brochure.
Emergency management personnel at Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System (CAVHCS) carefully evaluates the impact of each emergency and makes it a priority to protect our Veterans, their families, visitors and employees.  During sever weather stay close to the CAVHCS website,  Facebook and Twitter pages that provide breaking news updates during weather emergencies.  CAVHCS employees should contact their supervisors in advance to receive information to sign up for the VA’s emergency notification system. 

Article By: Kim Betton, Chief, Public Affairs and Community Relations


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CAVHCS-West Campus

215 Perry Hill Road
Montgomery, AL 36109
334-272-4670 | 800-214-8387 Directions

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2400 Hospital Road
Tuskegee, AL 36083
334-727-0550 | 800-214-8387 Directions

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