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Get Ready: Hurricane Florence Targets East Coast

Posted by on September 10th, 2018 Posted in: Emergency Preparedness and Response

As the likelihood that Hurricane Florence will strike somewhere along the East Coast increases, residents are encouraged to make preparations ahead of a potential landfall. Our list of disaster information can help before and after a storm or other weather emergency.

We encourage you to visit the following pages from the NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC). You can embed the content from both of these pages on your own Website by accessing the Health and Human Services (HHS) Content Syndication Storefront. When we update any of these pages, your pages will be automatically updated as well.


  • Hurricanes: Health Information Guide
  • Hurricanes: Health Information Guide – Embed Content
  • Floods: Health Information Guide
  • Floods: Health Information Guide – Embed Content
  • Coping with Disasters, Violence, and Traumatic Events: Health Information Guide
  • DIMRC: Disaster Lit Search: Resources on Power Outages
  • DIMRC: Disaster Lit Search: Disaster Lit Search: Resources on Power Outages (includes Spanish translations)


  • Hurricane Topic Page (en español)
  • Floods Topic Page  (en español )
  • Coping with Disasters (en español)

Federal Agency Resources

  • Office of Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response (ASPR) Storms of 2018
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Disaster Distress Helpline
  • Public Health Emergency (ASPR): 2018 Hurricane Preparedness
  • Topic Collection: Utility Failures (e.g. blackouts, potable water) Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange (TRACIE), Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • HHS emPOWER Map 3.0 gives every public health official, emergency manager, hospital, first responder, electric company, and community member the power to discover the electricity-dependent Medicare population in their state, territory, county, and ZIP Code
  • NOAA: 2018 Hurricane Tracker

Agencies and Organizations

  • Healthcare Ready RX Open
  • Humanity Road Situation Reports
  • Childcare Aware Situation Reports

Social Media

  • FEMA Twitter list https://twitter.com/FEMAlive/lists/happening-now
  • NLM_DIMRC Twitter list https://twitter.com/NLM_DIMRC/lists/hurricane-florence

Crowdsource Resources

  • Gas Buddy Fuel Availability & Station Outages
  • Fulcrum Community  is a no-cost, short term crowdsourced data collection solution for qualified humanitarian projects. Disaster relief, damage assessments, environmental protection, and other similar projects are all reviewed and approved on a case-by-case basis.
  • PlugShare Charging Stations for electric cars

Finally, visit the NNLM SEA Page of Disaster Information Resources for Alerts and Feeds, State and National Specific Resources, Multilingual and Evacuation Resources, and more!

Updates: September 13, 2018

  • The HHS has declared a Public Health Emergency for North and South Carolina: September 11, 2018: Determination that a Public Health Emergency Exists in North Carolina and South Carolina as the Result of Hurricane Florence
  • In addition to that, the HHS renewed the determination of a public health emergency in the US Virgin Islands as a result of Maria: September 11, 2018: Renewal of Determination that a Public Health Emergency Exists​ in the Territory of the U.S. Virgin Islands as a Result of Hurricane Maria​
  • PHE declaration for Virginia HHS Secretary Azar Declares Public Health Emergency in Virginia Due to Hurricane Florence

Please visit the Public Health Emergency Page for more Emergency Declarations as they are made and information about Public Health Emergency Declarations.

Update September 16, 2018

  • ALA, library community work to support Hurricane Florence recovery efforts
  • Columbia NCDP map for Florence with weather, storm path, demographic data, and more
  • ASPR TRACIE collection on healthcare facility evacuation/sheltering

Hotlines for dialysis patients from KCER:

  • Twitter
  • PBS

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