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Preparedness and safety messaging for hurricanes, flooding, and similar disasters

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    Second Edition, October 2022

    The right message at the right time from the right person can save lives. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Joint Information Center (JIC), as part of CDC’s Incident Management System (IMS), developed a key messages document while activated for the 2017 hurricane season response, covering health concerns related to disaster response and recovery. CDC communicators worked with subject matter experts to update it during the 2022 hurricane season.

    The purpose of Preparedness and Safety Messaging for Hurricanes, Flooding, and Similar Disasters is to provide a preparedness and response resource for all jurisdictions to use before, during, and after a response. It includes information on disaster-related challenges including food safety, carbon monoxide poisoning, waterborne diseases, and mold. Jurisdictions can use the messaging document as a resource for their communication planning. Messages can be adapted for web, press releases, media talking points, social media, fact sheets, and other communications materials.

    A key message document was also created specifically for response and recovery workers—Hurricane Key Messages for Employers, Workers, and Volunteers. English and other language versions (Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese) of this document can be found on the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Storm, Flood, and Hurricane Response website.

    Suggested citation: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Preparedness and Safety Messaging For Hurricanes, Flooding, and Similar Disasters, Second Edition. Atlanta: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; 2022.

    CDC’s Joint Information Center, operating in the Emergency Operations Center, developed the 2017 Hurricane Response Key Messages in collaboration with centers across CDC.

    The National Center for Environmental Health and the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response adapted the 2017 Hurricane Response Key Messages to provide state and local partners with a communication resource for preparedness, response, and recovery.

    338199-A February 22, 2023



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    Background -- Prepare before a hurricane or severe flooding -- Prevent illness after a hurricane or severe storm – - Food safety after a storm – Safe water after a storm – Stay safe in a shelter or in crowded living conditions -- Returning home – Prevent injury after a disaster – Landslides and mudslides – Coping with disaster – Disproportionally impacted groups --Pet safety -- Additional Web and multimedia resources -- Acknowledgements -- For more information.
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