Mission, Vision and Goals

Our Mission´╗┐

The National Hurricane Museum & Science Center is dedicated to understanding hurricanes, investigating their scientific character, and demonstrating their impact on the lives and living systems at risk in their path. Through engaging education, the NHMSC better prepares people to endure and recover from each forthcoming storm, saving lives and property, while also using hurricanes as a forceful motivation to learn math, science and history in irresistible ways.

Our Vision

By 2018, the National Hurricane Museum & Science Center will be known and respected as

  • A national asset that saves lives and protects property;
  • A national educational center and electronic hub for the understanding of hurricanes as natural, scientific, and cultural phenomenon;
  • A successful tourist destination for the entire Gulf region;
  • A trusted source for timely and relevant information to better prepare people to survive and recover from hurricanes;
  • A creative educational model using the power and fascination of hurricanes to motivate students to learn mathematics, ecology, history, geography, and science;
  • A place of respectful remembrance of the sacrifice and courage of people who live at risk, and sometimes die, in the paths of hurricanes;
  • A stable and financially sustainable organization with sufficient capital, endowment, earned income, and donated funds to operate effectively and consistently balance annual budgets.

Our Goals 

  • To study and understand hurricanes and extreme weather events and learn how to better predict, prepare for, survive, and recover from their impact; 
  • To experience the power and wonder of these storms; 
  • To memorialize and pay respect to lives and land lost and changed by past storms; 
  • To understand the human impacts on our shared environment and how human activity affects hurricanes and their consequences;
  • To encourage responsible stewardship of the environment, especially wetlands and coastal ecosystems;
  • To utilize the motivational power of hurricanes to encourage students to learn basic math and science.




Surf's up, way up. The official forecast for Hurricane Darby: rain and high winds expected in Hawaii. Read more: https://t.co/QYz4AzYDkS
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Why has July been a quiet hurricane month for the Atlantic? Saharan dust. Read more: https://t.co/14hkRKHwl0
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Yep, there an app for that. And by that, we mean hurricane tracking. And actually, there's 7 of 'em. https://t.co/g9ykhIXIO7
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Hurricane Danny was the only Atlantic hurricane in 1997 to make landfall. First landfall was on July 18th, 1997, near Buras, LA. #DidYouKnow
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We know hurricanes cause lots of damage, but here's 5 ways that hurricanes are actually good. https://t.co/KY8153B7NO
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Darby now a hurricane, Celia weakens as it heads north of Hawaii. PS Keep an eye out for possible Estelle Read more: https://t.co/CnaC4qhIsh
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The U.S. is experiencing a record drought from hurricane hits, with only four strikes in the past seven years. https://t.co/EJTJnupjbE
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See how hurricane forecasting has improved in the last 10 years: https://t.co/wNwAdeRkOi
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2005 holds the record for most storms in a single Atlantic season with 27 named storms. #DidYouKnow https://t.co/j7RKtoP25F
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The smallest storm on record was Marco in 2008 with winds extended 12 miles from center of circulation. #DidYouKnow https://t.co/xJjil55bnX
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