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Emergency, Hurricane and Severe Weather Resources

Plan. Prepare. Stay Informed.

  • Make a list and keep important supplies with you.
  • Identify where you could go to shelter safely.
  • Listen and follow local news, weather reports, and social media.

Resources and Answers to ADA Questions

The ADA National Network is here to answer your ADA-related questions and provide any other information and referrals that we can.

CALL: 1-800-949-4232 to connect with your regional ADA Center.

Hurricane Prepare and Safety

Hurricane Season: June 1 to November 30

Hashtags: #HurricaneStrong #HurricanePrep

Winter Weather Safety & Preparedness

Winter Weather – Ready.gov

Source: Federal Emergency Management (FEMA)

Prepare! Don’t Let a Winter Storm Take You by Surprise – Weather.gov

Source: National Weather Service (NWS)

Winter Weather Prep – FLASH.org

Source: Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH)

Winter Weather Prepare, Stay Safe & COVID – CDC.gov

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

More Winter Prep & Safety

Seasonal and Severe Weather Prepare and Safety

Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

CDC: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Prepare & Planning

Emergency and COVID-19

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Social Media

FEMA: U.S. Federal Emergency Management

Web: fema.gov

Disaster Assistance

IRS: Internal Revenue Service

DOL: U.S. Department of Labor

General Safety, Support & Emergency Shelters

Checklists for Emergency Kits, Power, and Communication

Counseling and Support Resources

SAMHSA Distress Helpline 

  • Provides 24-hours-a-day, 365-days-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters. To connect with a trained crisis counselor:
    • Call 1-800-985-5990 (press “2” for Spanish)
    • Text TalkWithUs to 66746
    • Spanish Speakers:
      Call 1-800-985-5990 and press “2”
      From the U.S., text Hablanos to 66746Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
      Web: samhsa.gov

National Disaster Distress Helpline

Recursos en español

Los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades
(CDC, por sus siglas en inglés)

Southeast U.S Region

States: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee

Alabama (AL)

Florida (FL)

Idalia Tropical Storm / Hurricane for Florida

Georgia (GA)

Kentucky (KY)

Mississippi (MS)

To help people, families, and communities in Mississippi impacted by devastating weather and crisis.

Follow and Connect

North Carolina (NC)

South Carolina (SC)

Complete: Survey of Hurricane Evacuation – South Carolina
Runs: 2023 hurricane season to June 2024.
en español: Completa la Encuesta de Evacuación en Caso de Huracán para Carolina del Sur

Idalia Tropical Storm / Hurricane for South Carolina

Tennessee (TN)

More Regional, State, & U.S. Territory Resources

Great Lakes U.S. Region

Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin

Great Plains U.S. Region

Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska

Mid-Atlantic U.S. Region

Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia

New England U.S. Region

Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont

Northeast U.S. Region

New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

Northwest U.S. Region

Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington

Pacific U.S. Region

Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Pacific Basin

Puerto Rico (PR) & U.S. Virgin Islands (VI)

Rocky Mountain U.S. Region

Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming

Southwest U.S. Region

Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas

“How to Help” After a Disaster

To help and make the most of your contributions, it’s important to follow guidelines for donating and volunteering responsibly. Keep in mind recovery lasts a lot longer than media attention. There will be volunteer needs for many months, often many years, after the disaster.  Your help is often needed long after a disaster.

To find trusted organizations to donate and volunteer:

  • National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD)
    Web: nvoad.org
    • Before collecting donated items, confirm the items are needed, and how it will get to affected areas. Organizations on the ground know what items and quantities are needed, often buy in bulk with discounts and, if possible, purchase through businesses local to the disaster, which supports economic recovery.
    • Financial contributions to recognized disaster relief organizations are the fastest, most flexible and most effective method of donating. Find a list of trusted organizations that can put your generous contributions to the best possible use.
    • Don’t self-deploy to disaster areas. Trusted organizations operating in the affected areas know where volunteers are needed. Work with an established non-profit organization to make sure you have the appropriate safety, training and skills needed to respond.

Source: FEMA
Web: fema.gov/press-release/20211212/fema-continues-response-tornado-damaged-areas

Frauds and Scams

Resources to Help Prevent, Recognize and Report Scams and Fraud
en español: Recursos pueden ayudarle a reconocer, evitar e informar sobre estafas y fraudes
Source: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)
Web: consumerfinance.gov

en español: Recursos pueden ayudarle a reconocer, evitar e informar sobre estafas y fraudes
Source: Oficina para la Protección Financiera del Consumidor (CFPB, por sus siglas en inglés)
liga: consumerfinance.gov

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