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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Hurricane Preparedness Week 2013

​​Every year for the past 15 years, there has been at least one hurricane that became a major disaster.  Each time that happens, people’s health and safety is threatened.  Even smaller, more local events can cause flooding, power outages and other dangers that could threaten your health and safety.  By taking some time during Hurricane Preparedness Week to get ready, you can make yourself, your family and ultimately your community better able to recover from a hurricane.

Father and son with plan Make a Plan.  Get a Kit.  For Everyone You Count On.
Disasters and emergencies affect everyone - families, friends, the elderly, pets, people with special needs.  Know who you are counting on, who is counting on you.   Make sure that you've planned for everybody's needs this hurricane season and that everybody knows what to do when a hurricane strikes. Learn More>>
Car going down road. Learn to Evacuate Safely
If a hurricane is heading your way, you may be asked to evacuate. By preparing now, you can take steps that will make it easier for you and your family to evacuate quickly and safely.  Take some time to learn about safe evacuation, get connected with state and local officials, and protect the whole family.  Learn More >>
Phone with apps Get Your Phone Ready for Hurricane Season
When a disaster strikes, your phone may be the best tool you have to stay informed and contact loved ones.  Get your phone ready for hurricane season with apps that will help you stay informed with NOAA weather alerts for your area, learn first aid, store your prescription information and more.  Learn more >>
plug Rely on Durable Medical Equipment?  Have a Plan for a Power Outage!
If the power goes out, residents with chronic medical conditions who rely on durable medical equipment, such as oxygen concentrators, ventilators and intravenous infusion pumps, may not have a way to get the care that they need. Make sure that you have a plan to take care of your needs.  Learn More >>
Mother giving comfort to daughter
Prepare for Your Family's Mental Health Needs
Disasters are stressful for everybody, especially children.  Remember that children show react to stressful or traumatic situations differently as they get older.  Learn about ways to recognize signs of stress in children of all ages now so that you can help your kids when they need it most.  Learn More >>
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Join the Public Health Response
There are many ways that we can serve our country and one another.   Public health professionals have provided lifesaving care and comfort when it was needed most.  Take a few minutes to learn how you can join a team and make a difference when your skills and your care are needed most.  Learn More >>

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  • This page last reviewed: May 28, 2013