Disaster can strike anywhere at any time. Some can have warning while others like earthquakes are not detectable prior to happening. Disasters can be man made or they can be the result of natural caused events. Hurricanes are among the most predictable but we are still a long way from accurate long range forecasting of strength or movement.
The National Hurricane Center in Miami, FL tracks storms from the time they are tropical depressions until they no longer pose a threat. The Tropical Analysis and Forecasts Branch, a division of the National Hurricane Center routinely issues marine forecasts throughout the year.
There are two National Hurricane Center web sites where tropical depressions, tropical storms, and hurricanes can be tracked. The site for such weather tracking for the west coast of the United States is http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/?epac and for the east coast it is http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/ .
Part of being prepared for Hurricanes is to listen to the National Hurricane Center warnings. Listen to the radio or television and keep track of the storm movements so you will know if they are heading in your direction.
Disasters can cause the loss of electricity, gas, telephone (including cell phones), and other services. Everyone should be prepared at all times with enough food, and water (that is considered to be 1 gallon per person per day) for not less then three days though a week would be more reasonable and two weeks would not be considered over kill. For more information look on http://www.ready.gov/basic-disaster-supplies-kit. Do not wait until a storm is coming to prepare because supplies disappear from the stores quickly at such times.
We as hams also have the responsibility to have our go kits prepared so we can leave at a moments notice. While we need to be prepared to go we should not go unless we are called. In times past the normal mode of operation was to go and offer help but FEMA has said they do not want anyone to show up who is not called. Let your emergency coordinator know you are available and monitor the local emergency ham frequency.
Before you agree to assist and leave be sure your family is safe.