Massachusetts prepares to enter hurricane season

Hurricane Sandy unsettled Vineyard Haven Harbor. — Ralph Stewart

Wednesday marked the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June 1 through Nov. 30.  While historically the vast majority of tropical storms and hurricanes that have impacted our region occurred during the months of August and September,  the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) said it remains important to begin preparing now.

While the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) seasonal outlook predicts a normal number of hurricanes this season, it is important to remember that it takes only one storm to severely impact an area, MEMA said in a press release. To learn more about the hazards associated with hurricanes and tropical storms, visit MEMA’s hurricane webpage at

“The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency is offering personal hurricane preparedness tips to all citizens of the commonwealth,” MEMA director Kurt Schwartz said.  “The three most important steps you can take to prepare for a hurricane, as well as other disasters, are to build an emergency kit, create a plan, and stay informed.”