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Hurricane Preparedness Week

When hurricanes strike, they can  threaten your health and safety, or the health and safety of your loved ones.  Remember that people who are healthy, connected and prepared before a disaster are more likely to weather the storm safely.  By taking some time to get ready, you can make yourself, your family and ultimately your community better able to recover from a hurricane. 

For Individuals and Families


Neighbors discussing preparedness Know who you Count on and Who is Counting on You.  Plan Together!
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 >>
Picture of canned food Don't Guess! Get the Facts about Food Safety in a Disaster
In the wake of a hurrcane, many people find themselves askng "can I eat that?"  Don't guess!  Learn how to tell if your food has become contaminated or spoiled, what food you might be able to save if you take the right steps, and what to toss. Learn More >>
Insulin injection pens Learn about Safe Drug Use following a Hurricane
Hurricanes can be especially dangerous for people who depend on lifesaving or life-sustaining medications.  Learn how you can tell whether or not your medication is safe to use and find out about options for people who rely on insulin or other refrigerated drugs.  Learn More >>
First Responders
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: August 06, 2020