Before hurricane season begins each year, and well in advance of a hurricane being detected, OR&R proactively works to prepare for hurricanes to mitigate the risks and damages that accompany hurricanes. OR&R leads training programs and exercises—provided both within NOAA and to emergency response partners across the country—to ensure quick, safe, and effective preparedness, response, and recovery when dealing with coastal threats.
During a storm, OR&R provides operational capabilities, knowledge, and on-the-ground support to ensure commerce, communities, and natural resources can recover from disasters as quickly as possible. OR&R also develops and distributes preparedness documents and response guides in English and Spanish to assist homeowners, marina operators, boat owners, and communities with marine debris prevention and enhance resilience before and after a hurricane.
As a federal leader in disaster response and preparedness, OR&R also provides guidance, products, and support to local, state, tribal, and other federal agencies to catalyze more efficient response to natural and human-made disasters.
Federal agencies need to be prepared for any incident that may impact the delivery of essential functions. Continuity plans ensure agencies document and test ways to continue such critical work. For both the office and NOAA’s National Ocean Service, OR&R maintains a continuity of operations (COOP) plan. This plan outlines actions to take in the event that hurricane impacts cause a continuity activation.