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Disaster Information Resources

Last revised: 9/13/2017

Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief offerings from the NNLM SCR
Funding opportunities, program support and educational offerings are available from the NNLM SCR to assist communities as they rebuild from Hurricane Harvey. Examples of support includes: funding to enable mobile programming, technology support for health education, online health information programming for public libraries, in-service training and professional development for network partners.  Please visit our Disaster Relief Offerings page for more detail and to learn more about the services provided.

Our thoughts go out to everyone in the affected areas in Texas and Louisiana. We hope the resources on this page can be used now and in the future. If you'd like up-to-date information and news, here are some of the feeds we've been following:

DISASTR-OUTREACH-LIB (link is external) - Archived mailings from the NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center mailing list with disaster resources related to Harvey or other updates sent out periodically
FEMA Region 6 Twitter (link is external) - Reporting on latest news and dispelling misinformation spread by rumors and scammers
National Weather Service - Weather Prediction Center (link is external) - Up-to-the-minute forecast information
Watches, Warnings or Advisories for Texas (NOAA) (link is external) - Status updates by county in Texas
Watches, Warnings or Advisories for Louisiana (NOAA) (link is external) - Status updates by parish in Louisiana

State Specific Resources

Louisiana Flood Information - National Weather Service
Learn about the types of flooding that are typical in Louisiana and how to protect yourself, your family and your home. You will also find information about significant Louisiana floods and links to NWS offices that provide forecast and safety information for Louisiana, as well as links to our partners who play a significant role in keeping you safe.

Texas Flood Information - National Weather Service
Learn about the types of flooding that are typical in Texas and how to protect yourself, your family and your home. There is information about significant Texas floods, and you'll also find links to NWS offices that provide forecast and safety information for Louisiana, as well as links to our partners who play a significant role in keeping you safe.

National Resources

Disaster Information Management Research Center
This site, maintained by the National Library of Medicine, provides in-depth coverage of disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. It contains information and links to resources about many types of disasters, such as floods and hurricanes, including health issues, preparedness and response, and cleanup and recovery, as well as foreign language resources. Check out the disaster-specific pages on Floods and Hurricanes and Typhoons, as well as information on Coping with Disasters, Violence, and Traumatic Events and Disaster Recovery. To get the latest updates and breaking information, subscribe to their listserv.

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness & Response (ASPR)
Created in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, this federal organization was created to lead the nation in preventing, preparing for, and responding to the adverse health effects of public health emergencies and disasters. The website includes an update list of resources for the latest natural disaster, such as Hurricane Harvey, as well as printable guides such as Hurricane Resources at Your Fingertips, Tips for Retaining and Caring for Staff after a Disaster, and After the Flood: Mold-Specific Resources. There is also a list of official social media accounts for areas being affected by a natural disaster.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Follow the instructions provided by the EPA on this site to avoid illness and injury during and after a flood. Also included are suggestions for communities, companies, and water facilities on preparing for flooding. The site is also available in Spanish.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Find information on food and water safety during flooding from this CDC website, as well as worker safety and information on what to do after a flood such as personal hygiene and cleanup. Educational materials and PSAs on flooding preparedness and behavior during and after a flood are also featured.

Multilingual Resources

For resources in Spanish and other languages, please visit the following sites.

Evacuation Resources

Evacuation Information (Texas Department of Transportation)
Get the latest information on evacuation routes in Texas from the State Department of Transportation.

Evacuation Checklist
Checklist for evacuation in case of flood provided by the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, the country's leading consumer advocate for strengthening homes and safeguarding families from natural and man-made disasters.

Evacuating Yourself and Your Family
Evacuation guidelines provided by the Department of Homeland Security. It includes links to information about family emergency plans, emergency supply kit, how to care for pets in an emergency, and family communications plan.

Disaster Preparedness for Your Pet
Make sure you have a plan and a disaster kit prepared for your furry family members too!

RX on the Run
Use Rx on the Run to print a personalized wallet card that documents your prescriptions and other important medical information so you know you have everything when you evacuate.

Assistance Evacuating
Information on evacuation assistance, finding shelter, and compensation for evacuation expenses.

Additional Information


  • Please dial 911 for emergencies

Evacuating to a Shelter

If possible, remember to bring the following items with you as you evacuate to a shelter:

  • Any prescription medication
  • Necessary food if there is a special dietary restriction
  • Identification
  • Supplies (diapers, formula, etc.) needed for children and infants
  • Chargers for your electronic devices

Locating Friends & Family

Lost Person Finder
Use this People Locator tool from the National Library of Medicine to find and report missing family, friends, and animals during disasters.

Up to Date Information

FEMA Twitter Feed
For the latest up to date information, check the FEMA twitter feed.