NEHA Monitoring Hurricane Florence Path, Stands Ready to Help Those Affected

NEHA is closely monitoring the path of Hurricane Florence and is working diligently with our partner organizations and affiliates to provide assistance for all of those that will be impacted by this potentially catastrophic storm.

Our first priority is the safety of those in the path of Florence as well as the environmental health professionals working on the frontlines to ensure public safety. Please stay tuned into your local radio and news networks for the latest updates and information. Heed all warnings and mandatory evacuations from local authorities—Many areas in the coastal southeast have already been advised to evacuate.

10 quick tips for staying safe:

  1. Don’t go into flood water.
  2. Don’t let children or pets drink flood water
  3. Seek safe and dry shelter—Stay inside until local authorities give the OK to go outside.
  4. Wash hands regularly.
  5. Drink only clean water. Bottled water is the best option. If not available, boiled or bleach-disinfected water are the next best options (see the FDA resource below for boiling and disinfecting instructions).
  6. Eat only safe food. When in doubt, throw it out!
  7. Don’t eat food that has been in flood water.
  8. Check on your family and neighbors.
  9. Check on your pets.
  10. Above all else—Keep yourself healthy and safe.

Remember that if the electricity is out, the food in your refrigerator could be unsafe for consumption. When in doubt, throw it out!

NEHA stands ready to provide the tools and resources necessary to ensure the safety for everyone. For those impacted by the hurricane, we are here to support you!

Hurricane Florence Resources & Links

Latest Briefing from the National Weather Service

Florence Briefing Page

Hurricane Safety Tips & Resources

Florence Evacuation Orders by State

National Hurricane Center Website


Other Helpful Resources

Flood Recovery Information and Resources

Mold Resources

Food Safety and Emergency Preparedness


Informative Blog Posts & Articles

Disaster Recovery and Hurricane Relief Efforts

Hurricane Irma and Emergency Preparedness

Response, Recovery, and Resilience to Oil Spills and Environmental Disasters (Journal of Environmental Health)

How to Help

If you’d like to volunteer to assist communities ravaged by this year’s hurricanes, please donate through a trusted organization.  At the national level, many voluntary-, faith-, and community-based organizations are active in disasters, and are trusted ways to donate to disaster survivors. Individuals, corporations, and volunteers, can learn more about how to help on the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) website. 

Release Date: 
Wednesday, September 12, 2018