Natural Hazards

Weather-related and natural disasters and hazards are becoming more frequent with more severe outcomes throughout the United States and the world. 90% of all presidentially declared disasters are weather-related, resulting in an average of 500 deaths per year and $14 billion in damage according to the National Weather Service.

Weather predictions have become much more accurate but even with all the technology available, the extent of storm-related damage involves many variables, one of which relates to the awareness and actions of the people being affected by the storm. Some natural disasters, (earthquakes, tsunamis) may be beyond our control with respect to predictions and adequate public warning systems and often result in high fatalities.​​​​​​​​​

The following pages contain information and resources for preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery for natural hazards that can impact New Yorkers.


Guidance and management tips for dealing with a lack of water over a large area for a significant amount of time


Management tips and guidance for dealing with heavy precipitation and flooding 

Heat Waves

Tips for working safely in extreme heat and heat cautions for animals 


Fact sheets and resources for preparing and recovering from hurricanes 

Severe Summer Storms

Guidance for staying safe during thunderstorms and lighting

Space Weather and Astro-hazards

Resources and information about preparing for asteroids and comets


Tips for being prepared, staying safe and recovering from a tornado

Winter Storms

Preparedness and safety information for dealing with snow and severe winter weather