Hurricane safety information from APHA's Get Ready campaign

How you can help in response to recent hurricanes

Recent hurricanes have had devastating effects on people in the U.S., its territories and surrounding areas. We’re sharing ways to help.

Make a donation



One America Appeal
Disaster Relief Fund: For Commissioned Corps personnel impacted by flooding
• United for Puerto Rico
• UNICEF Puerto Rico relief
• American Red Cross
• CDC Foundation
• American Red Cross Texas Gulf Coast Region
• Coalition for the Homeless
• Portlight: Helping people with disabilities during disasters
• Global Giving: Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund
• All Hands Volunteers
• The Salvation Army

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Volunteer to help

• Call Red Cross Houston at 866-526-8300
National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster

Receive training to help in future disasters

• Emergency System for Advance Registration of Volunteer Health Professionals, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
• Medical Reserve Corps, HHS
• Community Emergency Response Team training


Check out our Get Ready fact sheets for safety tips before and after a hurricane

Use these tools from Get Ready to keep yourself, your family and your community safe.


• Hurricanes

• Flooding

• Power outages

• Water supplies

Food and water safety

• Sheltering in place

Disaster stockpile list

Top 10 items for your disaster supplies


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Read our Q&A on preparing for hurricane season with the National Hurricane Center

From our Get Ready Blog: 2017 expected to be an above-normal hurricane season

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• Climate Nexus: Hurricane Harvey and climate change
APHA climate change page
• Fact sheet: Extreme rainfall and drought
• Fact sheet: Warm water and flooding
• Environmental Health Playbook
Case example on Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy

Check out our infographic on extreme weather and health

Landesman's Public Health Management of Disasters: The Practice Guide, 4th edition

The fourth edition of "Landesman's Public Health Management of Disasters: The Practice Guide" addresses public health's role in emergency management, preparedness and recovery.

Preparedness-related research from APHA's American Journal of Public Health

AJPH has published a wealth of studies on public health and preparedness, including an August 2017 study that showed many pet owners want to evacuate with their pets during disasters. Check out more preparedness-related AJPH research.

Listen to our podcast from The Nation's Health: How climate change drives extreme weather: What you need to know now

More hurricane safety information
National Hurricane Center
CDC: Hurricanes and other tropical storms
Mental health support from SAMHSA
Texas Department of Public Safety
Louisiana: Get a Game Plan
Mississippi Emergency Preparedness Agency

Know of other resources we should list on this page? Send an email.

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