September 05, 2018

As the summer comes to an end and the warm days of June and July cool down to the final days of August and September, the most dangerous storms on earth begin to form: hurricanes. The Atlantic hurricane season lasts from June 1 to November 30, but typically peaks at this time towards the end of summer. According to the NOAA, this period is thought of as the "season within the season," a time of about two months that sees the most dangerous tropical storm and hurricane activity. With hurricanes come powerful winds, heavy rains, storm surges, and flooding. These effects can cause power to go out for days and displace thousands of people from their homes.

Image courtesy of NOAA

Despite the extreme damage they can cause, hurricanes are formed by only two very simple components: heat and water. Hurricanes typically begin over the waters near the equator that have been gathering heat all summer. The air near the water absorbs the heat and moisture, and the heated air rises high into the atmosphere. The cold air in the atmosphere is then displaced and falls back to the earth. This exchange of hot and moist air with cold air creates swirls that form into thunderstorms, which then condense to create hurricanes.


Hurricanes can cause a lot of damage, but there are many resources to make sure you and your loved ones are prepared. Below you can find several helpful links:

How to Prepare for Hurricane Season

Emergency Solar Lanterns

Defeating the Blackout: Light and Power in Emergencies

Solar Solutions for Disaster Relief



Also in News

Our Top Picks for Company Events to Highlight National Safety Month
Our Top Picks for Company Events to Highlight National Safety Month

May 22, 2019

As May comes to a close, National Safety Month is just around the corner. It is a time of both celebration and awareness as organizations take the next steps in making safety a priority.
Read More
Notes From the Field: Reflections on Accountability in Disaster Relief
Notes From the Field: Reflections on Accountability in Disaster Relief

May 10, 2019

Fresh from a recent deployment with the Shelterbox Response Team, Yi Shun Li  reflects on how the effect of aid is a long term process that needs to be reevaluated long after relief has been distributed to those who need it.
Read More
Notes From the Field: The Impact of Solar Light with Kwatekeh Africa
Notes From the Field: The Impact of Solar Light with Kwatekeh Africa

May 02, 2019

In this Notes from the Field, we highlight the work of Kwatekeh Africa, a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving and rehabilitating rural communities in Liberia impoverished by civil war.
Read More