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IAFF Hurricane Resources

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The IAFF has set up this Hurricane Resource page where you can track current hurricanes. Links are available with contact information for your state agencies, as well as federal resources such as the Department of Health, environmental and news sources.


Hurricane Safety Checklist. Review this Hurricane Safety Checklist from the American Red Cross to prepare for the dangers of a hurricane.

Evacuate or Stay Put. Listen to the local authorities via your local radio or television and follow their guidance. If you have not been asked to evacuate, determine whether your home or work is safe. You can follow these guidelines from www.Ready.gov.

Subscribe to alert services. Local officials have developed systems that will send text messages or emails alerting you to local emergencies or bad weather. Check your local government’s community information page to find ways that you can be alerted for hurricane situations or sign up for local alerts.

Stay on top of what your local government is planning for your community in case you need to evacuate. In case you do need to leave your home, make sure that all members in your family know the details of your emergency plans.

Prepare for Power Outages.

Charge Cell Phones and Laptops. Make sure cell phones and laptops are fully charged so they can be used in the event of a power outage.

If power is interrupted, here are some practical tips for dealing with power outages:

Turn off major appliances such as heat pumps, water heaters and stoves. Unplug other appliances such as TVs, stereos, microwaves and computers. This will prevent damage to appliances and possible overloads to the company's system when power is restored.

Post a list of contents on your freezer door to minimize the number of times you open it.
Leave one lamp or light on so you will be able to recognize when power is restored.

Frozen food can last up to three days. It is safe to eat if it still has ice crystals at the center.
If using portable or camp-type stoves or lanterns for cooking and lighting, ensure that the area is adequately ventilated.


Coping with power outages. This site from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention highlights healthy steps you should take to ensure food, water, and home safety after an extended power outage. Tips on the site address everything from guidelines on what to do with food in your freezer or refrigerator, to water purification procedures, to carbon monoxide poisoning protection.

Managing flooding and mold. This site from the Environmental Protection Agency is dedicated to providing information on cleaning up your home or office after a storm that has resulted in flooding, including addressing standing water and wet materials. The site offers basic information on addressing viruses, bacteria, and mold that can occur in the wake of a flood.

Removing fallen branches and trees. The CDC provides tips to help safeguard against injury as a result of removing fallen or partially fallen trees and tree branches, including information on properly using chainsaws in hazardous conditions.

Saving family treasures. These guidelines from The National Archives will walk you through preserving some of your family’s most treasured items that may have been damaged by flood waters. The guidelines range in topics from what do to with wet records, to salvaging family papers, to properly air-drying books, to caring for water damaged heirlooms.

Protect emergency response and cleanup workers

As the disaster recovery operations begin OSHA is urging recovery workers and members of the public engaged in cleanup activities to be aware of hazards they might encounter and the necessary steps they should take to protect themselves. OSHA maintains comprehensive websites on keeping disaster site workers safe during hurricane and storm cleanup and flood response operations. The hurricane page includes a response/recovery page featuring a link to OSHA's Hurricane eMatrix, which features information on hazard exposures and risk assessments for hurricane response and recovery work. The flood preparedness and response page also includes a response/recovery page that provides useful details on the hazards to avoid when flooding has occurred.


How to Donate to IAFF Disaster Relief Fund

Disaster Relief Assistance Form

Disaster Relief Frequently Asked Questions


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DOL/Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Hurricane Preparedness and Response

Keeping Workers Safe During Hurricane Cleanup and Recovery

OSHA Resources

Additional Resources

Department of Health and Human Services

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)

NIEHS National Clearinghouse. Funded by the NIEHS Worker Education and Training Program and is the primary national source for hazardous waste worker curricula, technical reports, and weekly news.

NIEHS Hurricane and Flood Preparedness. This webpage provides documents and resources that address emergency preparedness in hurricane and flood situations. Documents found on this page primarily address issues in government preparedness and public preparedness. Some information has been taken from the Floods and Hurricane Katrina Emergency Preparedness Pages located on the National Clearinghouse Website.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

NIOSH Storm/Flood and Hurricane Response. This CDC-NIOSH website contains links to information about hazards associated with storm and flood cleanup

NIOSH Guidance on Person Protective Equipment and Clothing for Flood Response Workers

Disaster Mental Health Resources. Information regarding mental health issues related to disasters, with specific information for responders, emergency personnel and clinicians

Diseases Transmitted by Foods (A Classification and Summary) Frank L. Bryan, PhD, MPH; Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, Center for Professional Development and Training; Atlanta, Georgia 30333, 1982

Hurricanes and Your Health and Safety

Hurricane-Related Public Service Announcements (Translations: Spanish, French, Vietnamese, Haitian Creole, German and Portuguese languages)

Information for Clinicians in Areas Affected by Hurricanes: Benzene Persons may be exposed to or come into contact with BENZENE in areas affected by the recent hurricane and flooding

Information for Clinicians in Areas Affected by Hurricanes: Hydrogen Fluoride and Hydrofluoric Acid Persons may be exposed to HYDROGEN FLUORIDE and HYDROFLUORIC ACID in areas affected by the recent hurricane and flooding

Immunization Recommendations for Disaster Responders

Sanitation and Hygiene

Waterborne Diseases

Vibrio vulnificus


Vector-borne Disease Surveillance and Natural Disasters, Roger S. Nasci and Chester G. Moore, Emerging Infectious Diseases, Vol 4, No 2, April – June 1998

MMWR Famine-Affected, Refugee, and Displaced Populations: Recommendations for Public Health Issues

Department of Homeland Security/FEMA


Declared Disasters and Emergencies

Flood Insurance Information

National Library of Medicine: Hurricanes Links to information about preparedness, recovery and environmental health

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration



Field Manual 4-02.10 - Theater Hospitalization, January 2005

Department of Defense 3025.1-M, Manual for Civil Emergencies 1994

Domestic Support Operations FM 100-19, FMFM 7-10

Technical Guidance 273 – Standard Precautions and Isolation Procedures

Flood Hazards and Flood Clean Up Operations Brief for KYARNG Personnel

USACHPPM Heat Injury Prevention Program and Products

CHPPM: Hurricane Resource Guide

FORSCOM Regulation 700-2 Standing Logistics Instructions

Environmental Resources

Emergency Water Supply Resources

Fact Sheet 31-008-1004-Emergency Drinking Water Disinfection Procedures

Fact Sheet 31-009-1004-Choosing an Alternate Water Supply During an Emergency

Chlorine Dosage Calculations and Measurements - from the draft TB MED 577-Chemical dosing instructions (and conversion factors) for different chlorine disinfectants and water volumes


AFPMB Technical Guide No. 24 Contingency Pest Management Guide

AFPMB Technical Guide No. 30 - Filth Flies: Significance, Surveillance and Control in Contingency Operations

AFPMB Technical Guide No. 36, "Personal Protective Measures Against Insects and Other Arthropods of Military Significance"

AFPMP Technical Guide No. 43 - Guide to Pest Surveillance During Contingency Operations

AFPMB Personal Protection Measures (PPM) for Deployments

AFPMB Technical Guidance for Contingencies

AFPMB DOD Standard Pesticides and Pest Control Equipment Lists

DoD Insect Repellent System

Personal Protective Measures (PPMs) Against Insects and Other Arthropods of Military Importance, 15 March 2005


Eastern Equine Encephalitis

DoD pesticide Hotline

Mortuary Information

TG 195 - Guidelines for Protecting Mortuary Affairs Personnel from Potentially Infectious Materials

Cleaning Refrigeration Containers

Psychological Stress Resources

Coping with Stress in Stability and Support Operations

How to Face the Injured and Dead

After a Disaster: Self-Care Tips for Dealing with Stress

Handouts for Adult Survivors of Disasters

Helping Children After a Disasters

Dealing with the Stress of Recovering Human Dead Bodies

Stress and Rescue Operations Performance

Helping Children Cope with a National Tragedy

Crisis Communication

Crisis Communication Checklist

Crisis Communication Fact Sheet Guidelines

Crisis Communication Media Information and Interviewing Tips

Crisis Communication Tips from CDC

Health Risk Communication Resources


American Industrial Hygiene Association® (AIHA)

Incident Preparedness and Response Working Group

Emergency Response Documents

White Paper - "Industrial Hygienists' Role and Responsibilities in Emergency Preparedness and Response

World Health Organization (WHO)

WHO: Environmental Health in Emergencies and Disasters: A Practical Guide - Excerpt on Control of Communicable Diseases and Prevention Epidemics

WHO: Control of communicable diseases and prevention of epidemics

Infection Control Guidelines for Community Shelter and Group Homes - Infection Control Subcommittee of the Manitoba Advisory Committee on Infectious Disease

Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)

Infectious disease risks from dead bodies following natural disasters

In Natural Disasters, Cadavers Pose No Threat of Disease

The Role of Laboratories and Blood Banks in Disaster Situations

Handling Bodies after Disasters: New Book Offers Guidelines


Red Cross

Salvation Army


CNN Home Page

Google News - Google Hurricane news


Hurricane Katrina
EPA: Hurricane Katrina Response This site includes EPA's activities in response to the devastation left in Katrina's aftermath, and links to more information.)

Hurricane Andrew
Review of Trends in Department of Defense Disaster Relief Operations

Information Paper on Disaster Relief – Water System Reconstruction

Bottled Water Issue and After Action Report

Joint Task Force – Andrew After Action Report (The Role of the U.S. Army Medical Department in Domestic Disaster Assistance Operations)

GAO – After Action Report Andrew

1992 US Air Force Emergency Mosquito Aerial Spray Operations as Part of the FEMA Hurricane Andrew Relief Effort in Florida

Hurricane Hugo
Vector Control Activities Following Hurricane Hugo

Hurricane Floyd
Emergency Aerial Spraying in North Carolina after Hurricane Floyd

Hurricane Mitch
Joint Task Force – After Action Report Hurricane Mitch Relief



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