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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

2013 Northeast Winter Storms

February 7, 2013:  A major snowstorm hit the north-eastern US and eastern Canada, leaving hundreds of thousands of homes without power and paralyzing transport. State and Federal response and support for the affected areas is ongoing.

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Connect with your State | Locate Loved Ones & Care for the Whole Family | Staying Safe | Food & Water Safety | Mental Health Safety Information for Responders and Clinicians

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Connect with your State

Sign up for alerts from your state emergency management and public health departments, find resources from your state on social media, and find disaster declarations from your state​


Locate Loved Ones and Care for the Whole Family

Stay safe and take care of the immediate needs of yourself and your loved ones.


Staying Safe

Safety tips to help you handle common problems following tornadoes, including those related to power outages and cleaning up safely.


Food and Water Safety

Knowing how to determine if food is safe and how to keep food safe will help minimize the potential loss of food and reduce the risk of foodborne illness.


Mental Health Resources

When disaster strikes, often people react with increased anxiety, worry and anger. With support from community and family, most of us bounce back. However, some may need extra assistance to cope with unfolding events and uncertainties. If you are experiencing emotional distress due to the storm, call the National Disaster Distress Helpline. This toll-free, multilingual, crisis support service is available 24/7 via telephone (1-800-985-5990) and SMS (text ‘TalkWithUs’ to 66746).

Coping Resources:


Alcohol and Substance Abuse in a Disaster



Safety Information for Responders and Clinicians

Information on how to stay safe, manage fatigue, avoid hazards, and communicate with the public.



Join the Response


Register with Emergency System  for Advance Registration of  Volunteer Health Professionals

  • This page last reviewed: February 09, 2013