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Prepare for a hurricane before it strikes - information to help you understand the dangers and what you can do before a disaster (information below).

Recover from a hurricane - recognize possible environmental hazards and what you can do to protect your and your family's health, and for commercial buildings and schools (information below).

Information about 2005 hurricane response.


Prepare for a hurricane before it strikes.

      

 

 

Other sites related to preparedness

Hurricane hazards
- Federal Emergency Management Agency

Hurricane preparedness
- American Red Cross

natural disasters
- ready.gov

General info: What to do before hurricane season, or before a hurricane strikes. (from fema.gov)

Drinking water and food

Debris - Planning For Disaster Debris Debris from disasters can overwhelm a community's ability to handle in terms of volume or type of debris. This guide highlights the need for communities to plan ahead for debris cleanup after a major natural or man-made disaster. Based on lessons learned from communities that have experienced such disasters, this guide contains information to help communities prepare for and recover more quickly from the increased solid waste generated by a disaster. Download the printable version, PDF 28 pp 1.6 MB, get PDF reader.

Well-designed storage of fertilizer and chemicals - Properly designed or modified storage facilities enhance worker safety and minimize the risk contamination.

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Recover from a hurricane.

      
ALERT
Boil Drinking Water

If your water may not be safe, bring drinking water to a rolling boil for 1 minute to kill water-borne diseases.
More info

Other sites related to recovery

Recovering from disasters - Federal Emergency Management Agency

Natural disasters
- ready.gov

>> Go to the Hurricane Katrina page.

General info: What to do after a hurricane. (fema.gov)

ALERT: Generator exhaust is toxic. Put generators outside or carefully vent the exhaust outside because the exhaust contains dangerously high levels of carbon monoxide (CO), a poisonous gas.

Drinking water and food

Flooding and mold

Pesticides, chemical and oil spills, hazardous waste

  • Call the National Response Center 1-800-424-8802 (24 hours a day every day). For those without 800 access, please call 202-267-2675.
  • Industries and businesses that encounter spills or discharges in a hurricane's aftermath should contact the National Response Center immediately.
  • National Pesticide Information Center: 1-800-858-7378. Pesticide contacts
  • General information about environmental emergencies

Debris

  • What To Do With Disaster Debris - Disasters can generate tons of debris, including building rubble, soil and sediments, green waste (e.g., trees and shrubs), personal property, ash, and charred wood. How a community manages disaster debris depends on the debris generated and the waste management options available. Burying or burning is no longer acceptable because of the side effects of smoke and fire from burning, and potential water and soil contamination from burial. Typical methods of recycling and solid waste disposal in sanitary landfills often cannot be applied to disaster debris because of the large volume of waste and reluctance to overburden existing disposal capacity. More information...
  • Disposing of debris from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

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