Hurricane Preparedness & Recovery

In the photo is a Houston area home with storm damage after hurricane Harvey . There are plenty of ways to help. See volunteer and donation opportunities at . Photo by Christy Volanski.

This webpage is designed to share information for before, during and after the storm.  These resources can be shared with the public.  Click on the hyperlink to access each resource.


Create a Household Inventory, Record of Valuables and Important Papers

Hurricane Preparedness and Recovery

Build a Supply Kit

Create a Disaster Plan

Florida State Emergency Response Team – Keep updated on the latest news and developments

Texas Well Owner Network Website:

 Press Release on flooded water wells & testing wells after floods:



Downed Power Line safety: 

After a storm, limbs & debris may hide an electrical hazard. Treat all downed power lines as if they are energized.  Just because power lines are damaged does not mean they are dead. Stay far away, and keep others away from them.

Safe Electricity advises everyone to be mindful of the electrical hazards that storms and flooding can leave behind.

 Flooding safety: 

Never turn off power at the breaker box if you have to stand in water to do so.  Get more info on flooding safety –

Never step into a flooded basement.  Water may be in contact with electrical outlets or appliances.  More info –


Trees after a Hurricane:




Florida Suspends Intrastate Movement Requirements to transport animals

Animal-Disease Control

Emergency Animal Sheltering and Evacuation Information

AgriSafe Network: The AgriSafe™ Network, a non-profit international membership organization, represents health and safety professionals who strive to reduce health disparities found among the agricultural community.

Document on farm flood threats:

Webinar on 9/14 re: farm flood threats:

 Agriculture and natural resources



Handle Food and Water Safely During a Hurricane

If you can’t find bottled water, store tap water safely

 Home and infrastructure

Family health and wellness

Mental Health Resources, From Heidi Radunovich, FYCS and EDEN website:

Mental Health Resources for Children after a hurricane:

Parent handout related to children after disasters:

 2 different manuals on working with children after traumatic events:

Parent guide for helping children after a hurricane:

 Children’s book about being afraid:

 Video of a book from LSU to help prepare children for hurricanes:

 Good resources from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network to help parents and families related to coping with trauma:



Information including preparing boat, flood insurance, tips for caregivers, food safety, water supply, etc.

 Boat Preparation – 


Storm Surge Risk Communication

from Jill Gambill with UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant:

Several months ago, I collaborated with the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) to conduct seven focus groups on storm surge risk communication during Hurricane Matthew in Beaufort, SC; Savannah, GA; and Brunswick, GA. Attached are some initial findings, which outline reasons that people may not evacuate, challenges in forecast comprehension, and recommended strategies for messaging and mapping hurricane risks. Also attached is a visualization of how storm surge, rainfall and drainage issues can create complex flood impacts. If you have any questions or would like further information, please visit the Communicating Hazard Information in the Modern Environment (CHIME) website.



 Generator Safety

 Chainsaw Safety –

 Family Emergency Plan –

 Safe Handling of Food & Water –

 Example of Emergency Notification Posts encouraging folks to sign-up for apps in their county/city/community that will provide up-to-date information through their local EOC


Heritage Emergency National Task Force – HENTF is a national service organization and federal agency created to protect cultural heritage from damaging effects of natural disasters and other emergencies. Their focus is on the protection and salvaging of documents, family treasures, family valuables and heirlooms. The attached document includes preparation tips from HENTF including protecting family valuables and archives.