EPIC Alert – Prepare for Approaching Hurricanes

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September 11, 2018

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Prepare for a Hurricane or Tropical Storm

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Take steps now to protect yourself and your loved ones from approaching hurricanes. 

A large-scale disaster or public health emergency like a hurricane and a lengthy power outage can limit your access to supplies and services for several days or weeks. Be prepared with food and safe water, basic supplies, and the personal items you need to protect your health in an emergency. 

Evacuate if advised by local authorities to do so. Never ignore an evacuation order. Do not drive around barricades, or through high water. Remember, if you encounter flooded roadways, turn around, don’t drown!

Learn basic how-to preparedness skills such as how to keep food safe and how to safely use a portable generator. Always call 911 first in a life-threatening emergency.

Gather supplies.

Take care of others.

After you have read these tips, please review the other resources available on the CDC Hurricanes website. You can also check out CDC’s new reference document that contains key messages on hurricane and flood related health threats.

CDC strongly recommends that you print all important resources before a hurricane strikes. Power outages during and after a hurricane can prevent you from accessing information online when you most need it. Preparing now can help keep you and your family safe.

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After a Hurricane or Tropical Storm

After a hurricane, you may face flooding, downed power lines, damage from mold, and other risks to your health. Get tips on how to recover safely from a hurricane.

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