Hurricane Preparedness for Expectant Mothers

Hurricane Preparedness for Expectant Mothers

Each year, the Atlantic hurricane season spans from June 1 to November 30. This year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has predicted an above average hurricane season. While we are hoping for the best, it is always a good idea to have a plan ready should a storm come our way.

For expectant mothers, you’re already caught up in the whirlwind of preparing for a newborn and the last thing on your mind is a hurricane. Depending how far along you are in your pregnancy, you may want to consult your physician to help you determine what plan of action is best for you and your family.


In case of an evacuation, you should discuss your evacuation plans with your provider. In anticipation of longer evacuations due to impassable roads or home damage, they may be able to refer you to a physician at your evacuation destination. Hurricanes can be unpredictable, and preparing to have little to no access to your current physician is not unthinkable. When you evacuate, bring all medical documentation pertaining to your prenatal care and birth plan to avoid disrupting your care.

Staying Home

If you are staying home to weather a hurricane, have emergency delivery supplies on hand and be aware of the Urgent Maternal Warning Signs. Hurricanes do not directly cause pre-term labor but the stress of preparing for one can and during a hurricane medical professionals may not be able to reach you immediately. If you experience any of these warning signs or onset labor, call 911 and be prepared with your birth bag to be relocated to the hospital.


Whether you’re evacuating or staying home remember you’re no longer packing for just yourself but in anticipation of your baby. Make sure you have diapers, baby clothes, blankets, and something safe to carry your baby in (stroller, carrier, etc.) should relocation be necessary.

During natural disasters, for babies less than six months old breast feeding is best for the following reasons:

  1. Readily Available: Breast milk is always on hand and does not require preparation or special storage conditions, making it incredibly convenient when resources are limited.
  2. Sanitary: It reduces the risk of contamination that can occur with formula feeding, especially when clean water and sterilization options are scarce.
  3. Nutritional and Immune Support: Breast milk provides complete nutrition and helps boost your baby’s immune system, which is crucial during stressful times.


Whatever your plans, we have provided a checklist of recommended supplies to have on hand and a list of the Urgent Maternal Warning Signs:

Expectant Mothers Preparedness Checklist

Know the Urgent Maternal Warning Signs