Severe Weather Season Is Now Year-Round - Preparing Your Camp


Updated for 2016

Severe weather can occur during any time of the year. Hurricanes, tornadoes, tsunamis, wild fires, floods, etc. are in the news throughout the year.  In preparation, the American Camp Association reminds camps of the excellent resources available to assist in developing severe weather response plans:

Severe Weather Resources

In addition, some camps may be called upon to serve a variety of needs—including housing evacuees. The American Camp Association shares the lessons we learned over recent summers when camps served as evacuation centers for the victims of hurricanes in the Gulf region, and in other disasters. In preparation for future situations, we provide camps with a list of important questions they might consider prior to agreeing to serve as an evacuation center.

If you are interested in partnering with FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) to support evacuees in a disaster zone, find out more information on our FEMA partnership page.

For information about your local area, make sure you know your local weather service information including the services they provide, and their notification avenues. Find your local weather service at:

For resources and a free online course to help you understand and prepare for the impacts of severe weather, check out the National Environmental Education Foundation.

American Camp Association Resources

Learn From Other Camps That Have Faced a Natural Disaster