NEHA Stands Ready to Help People Affected by the Hurricanes in Texas and Florida

From NEHA's Executive Director: NEHA extends its deepest concern for the people affected by the hurricanes in Texas and Florida. NEHA has reached out to and stands ready to hear from its Texas and Florida members/partners regarding their needs.

To all those in Texas and Florida experiencing the effects of the hurricanes—please stay safe and remember that if the electricity is out, the food in your refrigerator could be unsafe for consumption. When in doubt, throw it out!

Here are our top 10 quick tips for staying safe:

  1. Don’t go into flood water.
  2. Don’t let children or pets drink flood water
  3. Seek safe and dry shelter.
  4. Wash hands regularly.
  5. 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).
  6. Eat only safe food. When in doubt, throw it out!
  7. Don’t eat food that has been in flood water.
  8. Check on your family and neighbors.
  9. Check on your pets.
  10. Keep yourself healthy and safe.

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. 

To help out in Texas:

As Houston and other Texas communities are recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, volunteers and donations are needed. The State of Texas is asking that volunteers to not self-deploy, as unexpectedly showing up to any of the communities that have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey will create an additional burden for first responders. Potential volunteers are asked to register with a voluntary or charitable organization of their choice, many of which are already in Texas and supporting survivors on the ground. To find organizations taking volunteers and donations, go to the Texas Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster website:

Texas Voluntary Organizations 

To help in Florida:

In response to Hurricane Irma, Volunteer Florida is mobilizing volunteers to staff the state’s shelters and other disaster relief organizations. Environmental health professionals are an essential part of the response and recovery effort.

Volunteer your expertise


Resources for Hurricane Harvey

Below is a list of some of those resources.

  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response: Hurricane Harvey 2017
    • This website contains a lot of useful information of topics such as safe evacuation, staying connected, mental and behavioral health, food and water safety, staying safe afterwards, and cleaning up after a hurricane, as well as resources for professionals.
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency: Hurricane Harvey
    • This website contains up-to-date resources and information on the federal response to Hurricane Harvey.
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture: Hurricane Harvey Resources
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: Recover After a Hurricane
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Flood Safety Tips
  • Food and Drug Administration: Food and Water Safety During Floods

Resources for Hurricane Irma

  • US Centers for Disease Control and Protection: CDC Hurricane Safety
    • This link will direct you to resources on how to be safe after the storm.
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency: FEMA Hurricane Irma
    • This website contains resources for evacuees, safety tips and information on helping children cope with the disaster as well as resources for responders.
  • Florida Department of Agriculture: Florida Department of Agriculture
    •  This website contains up to date information on shelter locations, safe food preparation and sheltering with animals.
  • Florida Department of Health: Florida Hurricane Safety Notices
    • This site links to boil water notices, open shelters and sheltering safely after the storm.
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response: ASPR Hurricane Irma Resources
    • This website contains a lot of useful information of topics such as safe evacuation, staying connected, mental and behavioral health, food and water safety, staying safe afterwards, and cleaning up after a hurricane, as well as resources for professionals.

Flood Recovery Information and Resources 

View Flood Recovery Resources

Release Date: 
Monday, September 11, 2017