Hurricane Florence Update and Resources

Refer to the following information for updates on Hurricane Florence and corresponding resources.

  • Florence has been upgraded to a Category 4 Hurricane
  • Tropical Depression Florence – center is over central Ohio Valley moving a little faster as it moves northeast. Wind speed 25 mph. Flash flood warnings are in effect for many counties. Rain is letting up in North Carolina and will allow for better assessments. There are some tornado warnings spread throughout the region. I-95 still closed in some areas of North Carolina due to river flooding.

Lifeline Sector Updates

From FEMA’s National Business Emergency Operations Center:

  • Most ports open with restrictions; pre-storm assessments in process
  • North Carolina ports will close to both incoming and outgoing vessels on Sept. 12
  • Amtrak and NCDOT Rail Division will suspend passenger rail service through North Carolina starting Sept. 12 and will likely remain closed through Sept. 16

State Updates

Evacuation Orders

  • North Carolina: Mandatory evacuations in place from Barrier Islands to the South Carolina border; congestion reported on evacuation routes (est. 400K potential evacuees)
  • South Carolina: Mandatory evacuations for Horry, Georgetown, Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester counties as well as Edisto Beach
  •  Virginia: Mandatory Evacuation Order in place for Hampton Roads, VA Beach,  Newport News, and areas around the Chesapeake River


  • Public Health Emergency declared Sept. 11, for North Carolina and South Carolina.
  •  Stafford Act Emergency Declaration in effect as of Sept. 10 for North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia
  • State of Emergency declared in South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.

State Emergency Management Websites

Requests for Information

As we prepare for a response, we wanted to reach out both to help prioritize where our private sector partners may need assistance and support an effective response.

Please see below for our initial list of concerns. Please let us know if is there anything we should be considering for needs and impacts in the anticipated storm tracks.

* Local public health needs, including lab tests and transportation of lab samples
* Hospitals

  • Flooding and other anticipated challenges
  • Availability of generators/fuel

* Nursing homes and elderly populations
* Dialysis centers and patient access to treatment
* Issues related to re-entry and access credentialing

* Manufacturing supply issues related to:

  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Device
  • Medical Gases (including medical oxygen)
  • Vaccines

* Distribution supply issues related to pharmaceutical and med. surg. distribution to both acute and non-acute
* Blood Banks and blood products
* Pharmacies

Additionally, one of our goals is to help support your decision support needs.  If you have critical information requirements, or any concerns we should be tracking on your behalf we are happy to do so.  Please let contact   

Re-Entry Information

The links below included additional information on re-entry guidelines for states anticipating impacts from Hurricane Florence:

Region IV


Transportation Waivers

Virtual Resources

Resources to Safeguard Emergency Power and Expedite Power Restoration

HPH Sector 2018 Hurricane Response Dashboard

Power Resilience Emergency Response Checklist: Developed by HPH SCC member Powered for Patients

ASPR TRACIE Select Hurricane-Related Resources Page




Hurricane Preparedness – What You Should Know

FEMA National Business Emergency Operations Center

Atlantic Dashboard

Pacific Dashboard

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