NEHA is closely monitoring Hurricane Michael and is working with our partner organizations and affiliates to provide assistance for all of those that will be impacted by the powerful Category 4 storm. Our first priority is the safety of those in the path of Michael as well as the environmental health professionals and others working on the frontlines to ensure public safety.
10 Quick Tips for Staying Safe:
- Don’t go into flood water.
- Don’t let children or pets drink flood water
- Seek safe and dry shelter—Stay inside until local authorities give the OK to go outside.
- Wash hands regularly.
- 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).
- Eat only safe food. When in doubt, throw it out!
- Don’t eat food that has been in flood water.
- Check on your family and neighbors.
- Check on your pets.
- 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 Michael Resources & Links
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Informative Blog Posts & Articles
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.