Hurricane Preparedness

Weather Alert for U.S. Citizens – Hurricane Season 2023

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the Hurricane Season which lasts through November 2023.

Hurricane Season in the Atlantic begins June 1 and runs through November 30. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center expects the 2023 season to be near-normal or average.  NOAA predicts that the 2023 Atlantic hurricane season will produce:

  • 12 to 17 storms
  • 5 to 9 hurricanes
  • 1 to 4 major hurricanes

What can you do ahead of Hurricane Season?

Get ready:

  • Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) for security updates.  Encourage your friends and family to register as well if they plan to travel outside of the United States.
  • Be aware that in the event of a hurricane, you may not be able to depart the area for 24-48 hours or longer.  Roads may be washed out or obstructed by debris, adversely affecting access to airports and land routes out of affected areas.  Looting and sporadic violence in the aftermath of natural disasters is not uncommon, and security personnel may not always be available to assist.
  • For most travelers coming to Cuba via air directly from the United States, 30 days of health insurance is included in your ticket.  If you have not entered Cuba directly from the United States or you plan to be in Cuba for more than 30 days, obtain health insurance to cover unexpected health emergencies and evacuations.
  • If a situation requires an evacuation from an overseas location, the U.S. Department of State may work with commercial airlines to ensure that U.S. citizens can depart as safely and efficiently as possible.  Under U.S. law, any evacuation costs are your responsibility.
  • Organize a kit of essential items in a waterproof container, including bottled water, any medications taken regularly, non-perishable food, battery powered radio, and vital documents – especially passports.
  • The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and NOAA have additional tips on their websites:



Stay informed:

  • Monitor local radio, local media, and the National Hurricane Center ( to be aware of weather developments.
  • Inform your friends and family of your whereabouts before, during, and after any serious storms.  Remain in close contact with your tour operator, hotel staff, and local officials for evacuation instructions during a weather emergency.
  • Additional information on hurricanes and storm preparedness can be found on the Department’s “Hurricanes, Typhoons, and Cyclones” webpage.