CDC Emergency Partners - Prepare for Hurricane Harvey Today!

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Emergency Partners Newsletter


August 24, 2017 

Hurricane Harvey 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 Harvey 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 storm 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 severe storm. 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.

    Turn Around, Don't Drown®

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    It takes just 12 inches of flowing water to carry off a small car and 18 to 24 inches for larger vehicles. Over half of all flood-related drownings happen when a vehicle is driven into hazardous flood water. People underestimate the force and power of water. If you see a flooded road, turn around, don't drown!

    Public Service Announcements You Can Use!

    Tip: Never use grill, gas lantern, or camp stove inside


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

    After Hurricane Harvey 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.

    Contact Us


    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    1600 Clifton Rd, Mail stop D-75
    Atlanta, GA 30333


    Contact CDC-INFO

    800-CDC-INFO    (800-232-4636)    TTY: 888-232-6348

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