CDC Activates Emergency Operations Center for Hurricane Florence

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) activated its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) on Wednesday, September 12 to coordinate 24/7 all CDC activities for public health needs before, during, and after Hurricane Florence, including the deployment of resources and personnel, as requested.

CDC staff expects to offer specific assistance that includes recommendations for:

  • General and medical shelter surveillance for infectious disease outbreaks
  • Public health messages and risk communication
  • Water, sanitation, safety evaluations for food and water
  • Mold prevention and treatment
  • Industrial contamination (HAZMAT) mitigation and abatement
  • Vector control and management from standing water

CDC is also sharing information to help the public protect themselves from threats before, during, and after the hurricane’s landfall: drowning and floodwater safety, carbon monoxide poisoning, downed power lines, unsafe food and water, mold, and other health risks.

CDC’s EOC is the agency’s command center for monitoring and coordinating CDC activities for rapid, efficient response in collaboration with other U.S. federal, state, and local agencies. The EOC coordinates with the Secretary of Health and Human Services Secretary’s Operations Center in Washington, D.C. to ensure situational awareness and a coordinated public health and medical response.

  • For more information about CDC and U.S. government activities related to Hurricane Florence, click here.
  • For updates regarding all HHS activities related to Hurricane Florence, click here.
  • For resources related to emotional distress from hurricanes and tropical storms, click here.

About Kim Rodgers

Kim Rodgers serves as a Communications Specialist at NACCHO. Her work includes promoting local health departments' best practices, as well as partner tools and resources, in infectious disease and preparedness through NACCHO's communications channels, storytelling, and outreach to various audiences.

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