Preparing for Extreme Weather

Updates on Hurricane Sally

On September 16, 2020, Hurricane Sally made landfall in Alabama as a category 2 storm. Torrential rain from the storm has fallen in Alabama and Florida as Sally weakened to a tropical depression. Flooding remains a concern as the storm travels to southeastern Alabama, central Georgia, and South Carolina.

Updates on Western Wildfires

As of September 16, 2020, the West is experiencing almost 90 large wildfires. Fires across 10 states have burned more than 4.6 million acres. Air quality from the smoke has created unhealthy conditions from Washington to California.

NACCHO is closely monitoring the Western wildfires and Hurricane Sally and is ready to assist and support local health departments with response and recovery efforts. Below you can find a range of tools and resources from NACCHO and our partners to inform and support your response.

If you need support or have questions, please reach out to NACCHO’s Preparedness team for additional updates or assistance.

Tornado extreme weather public health

Extreme weather events, such as hurricanes, tornadoes, droughts, and floods, are any events that are more severe in scale and magnitude than normal weather patterns.

Since 1980, there have been 256 extreme weather events, each costing over $1 billion in damage, which have resulted in $1,792 billion worth of damage. These costly events include severe storm, wildfire, tropical cyclone, flooding, drought, winter storm and freezes. In 2017 alone, the U.S. was impacted by 16 extreme weather and climate disasters, ranging from widespread wildfires in California to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico. [NOAA / NCDC]

As climate change affects the frequency and severity of extreme weather events [EPA], it is critical that local health departments are equipped with the resources they need to plan for, respond to, and recover from such disasters. Local health departments are on the front lines of public health and therefore play a critical role in a community’s first response to any large-scale emergency.

NACCHO’s preparedness portfolio aims to equip local health departments with the tools needed to plan for extreme weather events, increase workforce capability through training, and effectively respond to natural disasters.

Photo courtesy Daphne Zaras/NOAA

In preparation for extreme weather events around the U.S., NACCHO has developed several resources to help local health departments plan for these events. You can visit the NACCHO Toolbox and search for "extreme weather."

Public Health Preparedness

Statement of Policy: Public Health Preparedness Planning

NACCHO advocates for the integration of LHDs into preparedness, response & recovery activities.

Public Health Preparedness

Statement of Policy: Public Health Preparedness Planning

Toolbox Tools Naccho

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Free, online collection of public health tools that have been created and shared by members.

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Search the NACCHO Toolbox

Use these tools from health departments and universities around the U.S. to develop your own planning documents in the event of a natural disaster. If you have any questions about these tools, email preparedness@naccho.org.

Public Health Preparedness

Accessible Emergency Preparedness Videos

Get access to 18 preparedness videos formatted to be friendly to deaf and blind populations.

Public Health Preparedness

Accessible Emergency Preparedness Videos

Preparedness Summit 2017

Public Health Preparedness

The Use of Social Media for Disaster Recovery

Read about the lessons learned while managing the Joplin and Branson Tornado info in Missouri.

Public Health Preparedness

The Use of Social Media for Disaster Recovery

Public Health Preparedness

Ready Now Toolkit

This tool is an emergency preparedness training program for people with disabilities.

Public Health Preparedness

Ready Now Toolkit

Public Health Preparedness

Making Community Emergency Preparedness & Response Programs

Learn how to plan emergency response programs and to be inclusive of all populations.

Public Health Preparedness

Making Community Emergency Preparedness & Response Programs

Public Health Preparedness

Epidemiology Hurricane Response Toolkit

This toolkit describes the roles and responsibilities of Epidemiology units in hurricane response.

Public Health Preparedness

Epidemiology Hurricane Response Toolkit

There are many other industry resources that have been created by our partners and other related groups. Use the links below to find helpful resources for extreme weather planning.

If you are interested in learning more about our extreme weather resources and expertise, contact our Preparedness Team at preparedness@naccho.org.

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