Prepare for Hurricane Matthew Today!

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Emergency Partners Newsletter


October 5, 2016


Hurricane Matthew is expected to affect areas in the United States. Please share the following information with those who may find it useful.

What To Do Before Hurricane Matthew Hits

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❶: Make a Plan

CDC can help you make an emergency plan. 

❷: Get Supplies

During and after a hurricane, you may need supplies to keep your family safe and healthy. Remember that a hurricane could cut off your power and water supply. You also may not be able to drive because of damage to your car. Roads may be flooded or blocked.

Click here for a checklist.

: Get Your Family, Home, and Car Ready

Use these tips to prepare your family, home, and car for a hurricane.

    ❹: Evacuate or Stay Home

    If a hurricane is coming, you may hear an order to evacuate (leave your home). Never ignore an order to evacuate. Even sturdy, well-built houses may not hold up against a hurricane. Staying home to protect your property is not worth risking your health and safety.You may also hear an order to stay at home. Sometimes, staying at home is safer than leaving.

    Click here to learn more.

    Be Ready! Hurricane Tips for Your Home

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    "Be Ready" Hurricane Infographic

    Click the image or here to read tips about hurricane preparedness.

    Hurricane PSAs: Scripts and Audio You Can Use!

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    Click the image or here to access several PSAs and PSA scripts that can be used to encourage people to prepare for Hurricane Matthew. All resources can be found under the header "Preparing for a Tropical Storm or Hurricane".

    After Hurricane Matthew Hits

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    After a Hurricane: Fact Sheet for Kids

    ❶: Make Sure Your Food and Water Are Safe to Use

    After a hurricane, it’s important that the water you drink and food you eat is safe. Spoiled food or dirty water can make you and your family sick.

    Click here to learn more.

    ❷: Be Safe After a Hurricane

    It’s important to remember that the danger isn’t over when the storm ends. Click here to get tips for how to keep your family safe after a hurricane.

    ❸: Clean up Your Home

    After a hurricane or flood, you may need to clean up your home and yard. Take these steps to stay safe. See the Homeowner's and Renter's Guide to Mold Cleanup after Disasters for more tips.

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    Communication Tips: "Panic: Fact or Fiction?"

    Panic: Fact or Fiction?

    Despite what you may see in disaster movies, people rarely panic in an emergency. If panic is defined as acting completely irrationally, the overwhelming majority of people can and do act reasonably during crises. Of course, there are some stresses that affect people’s actions in a disaster, but most of these can be addressed through effective crisis and emergency risk communication (CERC).

    People possess a natural drive to do something in response to a catastrophe. One reaction to a threat is to stay and face it; another reaction is to flee. This fight-or-flight response can be triggered by our body’s stress hormones, driving our actions during an emergency. Even at its extremes, though, our fight-or-flight mechanism is rational, not panicking.

    Panic is much less common than we imagine. During a crisis, many people will take calm, self-protective actions that seem logical and appropriate to them, even if authorities recommend they do something different. If response officials describe survival behaviors as panic, they may alienate their audience. Instead, officials should acknowledge people’s desire to take protective steps, promote actions they can take, and explain why unwanted behaviors are potentially unsafe.

    The condition that contributes most to panic isn’t bad news; it’s conflicting messages from those in authority. Panic stems from confusion, uncertainty, and lack of consistency. People are more likely to panic when they feel like they aren’t getting the information they need or can’t trust the information they receive.

    Providing regular, consistent action messages can help decrease anxiety, anger, and misunderstandings. Clear communication can help encourage people in a crisis to adopt actions that will reduce public health risks and protect their communities.

     For more resources and information on CERC, please see Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication, 2014 Edition or Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication Pandemic Influenza, 2007.

    Have you used CERC in your work? To share your CERC stories, e-mail Your stories may appear in future CERC Corners.

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