Disaster Preparedness during the 2024 Atlantic Hurricane Season

The 2024 Atlantic hurricane season began June 1st and runs through November 30th. NOAA has forecast a range of 17 to 25 total named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher). Of those, 8 to 13 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including 4 to 7 major hurricanes (category 3, 4 or 5; with winds of 111 mph or higher). NOAA has a 70% confidence in these ranges. The upcoming Atlantic hurricane season is expected to have increased activity when compared to the 2023 season.  This increase is due to a number of factors, including: 

  • near-record warm ocean temperatures in the Atlantic Ocean
  • development of La Niña conditions in the Pacific
  • reduced Atlantic trade winds
  • less wind shear

We are providing the following information to help prepare Federal agencies and records personnel that may have to deal with the effects of such storms. NARA also has posted emergency records information and other useful guidance to pass along to agency personnel.

For advice and assistance on preparing for hurricanes and records recovery operations after the end of a storm, please refer to the preservation section of our website. Here, you will find a section on preparation, and several sections about what to do if you have records that have suffered damage.

Depending on the damage caused by storms, it may be necessary for your agency to implement a records recovery operation. Water damage will likely be the major records recovery issue. Our web page also includes a template (.pdf) for contracting for records recovery services. Contact Preservation Programs staff listed in the preservation section of our website for any questions regarding records salvage and recovery vendors.

For advice on records recovery issues, please contact Preservation Programs at preservation@nara.gov. Preservation staff monitor the email address and will respond accordingly.

For advice and assistance on other records management issues arising from the storm, including the need for emergency destruction of irreparably damaged records under 36 CFR 1229.10 or the loss of records under 36 CFR 1230.14, please contact the appraisal archivist assigned to your agency. Please see this list of agency staff assignments with NARA points of contact.

For advice and assistance on issues concerning classified national security information, please contact the Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO) at 202-357-5250 or via email at ISOO@nara.gov.

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