Hazard Preparedness

As residents or visitors of Hanover, it is important to be aware of the following potential hazards and prepare accordingly. Hurricanes, Flooding, Winter Weather, and Hot Weather are all hazards that residents of Hanover are susceptible to and must prepare for. Weather warnings and advisories vary based on location and climate throughout the country.

Hazardous Weather Warnings

In order to fully understand any emergency weather warnings or advisories you may see on the news or online please refer to the National Weather Service Warnings and Advisories for Southern New England Reference Sheet (pdf).

Hurricane Preparedness

Hanover is vulnerable to hurricanes making it vital to have a plan in place in order to stay safe during any event.

Hurricane Warning

Sustained winds ≥ 74 mph (≥ 64 kts) (no gust criteria) associated with a hurricane expected to affect a coastal or inland zone within 36 hours.

Winter Weather Preparedness

Winter in Hanover can be extreme in certain instances. It is important for year round residents to brace for winter.

Winter Storm Warning

  • More than one predominant hazard
    • Winter weather event having more than one predominant hazard {ie. heavy snow and blowing snow (below blizzard conditions), snow and ice, snow and sleet, sleet and ice, or snow, sleet and ice} meeting or exceeding warning criteria for at least one of the precipitation elements.
  • Snow, Ocean Effect Snow, or Sleet:
    • 6 inches averaged over a forecast zone in a 12 hour period (except 7 inches in Berkshire and Litchfield Counties)
    • 8 inches averaged over a forecast zone in a 24 hour period (except 9 inches in Berkshire and Litchfield Counties)

Summer Weather Preparedness

Hot Summer days can have disastrous effects on human health and wellbeing. Be sure to check out our guides before risking exposure to harmful sun, heat, and waves.

Excessive Heat Warning

Daytime heat indices of ≥ 105°F for 2 or more hours.