CDC and ATSDR staff are working to support the local, state, and federal response to public health needs resulting from Hurricane Florence.
Follow these tips to keep yourself and your family safe after Hurricane Florence:
- Be prepared to cope with feelings of fear, grief and depression after a traumatic event. The Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7, year-round crisis counseling and support. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746.
- Avoid driving through flooded areas and standing water. Turn around, don’t drown.
- Check your carbon monoxide detector’s batteries. Always keep generators and any gasoline-powered engine outside, in a dry area, at least 20 feet from any window, door, or vent.
- Throw away food that may have come in contact with flood or storm water; perishable foods that have not been refrigerated properly due to power outages; and those with an unusual odor, color, or texture. When in doubt, throw it out.
- Do not use water you suspect or have been told is contaminated to wash dishes, brush your teeth, wash and prepare food, wash your hands, make ice, or make baby formula. Your state, local, or tribal health department can make specific recommendations for boiling or treating water in your area.
- When returning to your home, be aware that flood water may contain sewage and other hazards. Keep children and pets out of the affected area until cleanup has been completed.
- In hot weather, stay cool and drink plenty of fluids to prevent heat-related illness.
If you have family or friends in the path of Hurricane Florence, be sure to share health and safety messages with them using our multimedia toolkit: How to Help Loved Ones in Hurricane-Affected Areas.
- Interim Guidance for Protecting Workers from Livestock and Poultry Wastewater and Sludge During and After Floods
- Important Things To Know Before a Disaster
- Safety Information for Health Care Professionals
- Visit FEMA Hurricane Florence resource page
- Obtain public health and safety information for Hurricane Florence response
- Page last reviewed: September 28, 2018
- Page last updated: September 28, 2018
- Content source:
- National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH); Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR); Office of Noncommunicable Diseases, Injury, and Environmental Health (ONDIEH); National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP); National Center for Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD)