Current Events and Natural Disaster Preparedness

Current Events and Natural Disaster Preparedness is a section devoted to providing resources and information when a natural disaster strikes. In the past, this section has featured information on hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, and earthquakes. Some of the biggest events covered have been Hurricane Katrina (2005) and the Haiti Earthquake (2010).

Hurricane Resources

  • FEMA App - Receive National Weather Service alerts, safety reminders, locate open shelters, share photos with first responders.
  • FEMA: Hurricane Dorian
    This is the main page for up-to-date resources and information on the federal response to Hurricane Dorian. Continue to follow the direction of state, local, and tribal officials.
  • National Hurricane Center
    Coastal watches, warnings and forecast cone for the storm center; other resources.
  • U.S. Department of Transportation
    All of the Department’s Administrations are poised to support Puerto Rico, USVI, Florida and parts of the southeastern United States.
  • Disaster Supplies Kit - What your three-day survival kit should include.
  • Find Open Shelters - This Red Cross site allows you to search by location.
  • Safe and Well List - This Red Cross site allows you to list yourself or find others.

Flood Resources

Flood Preparedness
Because floods are one of the most common hazards in the United States, it is essential to implement a plan-of-action before the water rises. Below are some resources that offer steps to help you be better prepared for a flood.

What Consumers Need to Know About Food and Water Safety During Hurricanes, Power Outages, and Floods
Emergencies can happen. When they do, the best strategy is to already have a plan in place. This includes knowing the proper food and water safety precautions.

Disaster Resources


Tornado Resources