- Hurricanes are massive storms that can happen along any U.S. coast;
- They can affect areas more than 100 miles inland; and
- Storms are often active in the period of July–October.
At the FAA, we prepare all year for natural disasters so we can sustain air navigation systems, and maintain airspace safety.
Our mission is to protect the National Airspace System and ensure that anyone operating in and around a natural disaster is able to do so safely.
If you are a member of the public or a pilot (manned and/or unmanned aircraft), please follow our safety tips below:
During a natural disaster, airports often close, flight paths are rerouted, and flights can be affected around the entire country. If you are planning to fly, check the status of your flight with your airline carrier.
Pilots (Commercial, General Aviation)
During a natural disaster, it’s vital that you are aware of active temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) and updates to Notices to Airmen (NOTAMs). These can change rapidly during emergency response efforts. We strongly recommend that you receive real-time flight updates through your electronic flight planning tools (EFP) or use VFR Flight Following.
During a natural disaster, do not fly your drone in or around emergency response efforts, unless you have special authorization to do so. There are low flying aircraft as part of the storm response — mostly in low visibility areas. If you are flying, emergency response operations cannot.
Before You Fly
- Check your NOTAMs.
- Never interfere with emergency response activities, including aircraft operations.
- Maintain increased awareness for low altitude storm response flight activity if you are flying and navigating in the impact area.