The National Oceanic and Atomspheric Administration (NOAA) is predicting that Hurricane Lane may impact the Hawaiian Islands at the end of the week of August 20. Heavy rainfall, potentially leading to flooding is expected. The federal government is monitoring and deploying assets in preparation for Hurricane Lane, and the HHS Healthcare and Public Health Sector Critical Infrastructure Program (CIP) is coordinating with private sector partners who may be impacted by the storm. NACCHO is coordinating with the CIP program as well to monitor potential impacts to local public health.
As a partner with local health departments, NACCHO has compiled a variety of resources to help local health departments prepare for, respond to, and recover from hurricanes and flooding. These resources were developed by NACCHO and health departments to help address key public health threats during and following a hurricane or major flooding event. They are meant to complement the resources and guidance provided by federal agencies such as CDC, ASPR, and FEMA.
Safety and Preparedness Tips from HHS
- Review the ASPR TRACIE “Hurricane Resources at your Fingertips”
- Download the FEMA mobile app for disaster resources, weather alerts, and safety tips. The app provides a customizable checklist of emergency supplies, maps of open shelters and recovery centers, disaster survival tips, and weather alerts from the National Weather Service. The app also enables users to receive push notifications reminding them to take important steps to prepare their homes and families for disasters.
- Businesses of all sizes should prepare for all hazards including severe weather to prevent loss of life, property, or disruption to operations. Review and update your business continuity plan and ensure your workforce knows what to do during severe weather. Resources are available on web sites such as Ready.gov/business and the Sba.gov/disaster-planning.
- Encourage your employees to update their family emergency plan to stay connected with loved ones during severe weather while at work and develop alternate methods of communication.