July 14, 2022

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 Please share this resource with your colleagues and networks. Visit CDC Emergency Preparedness & Response for more information.  

Severe weather and wildfire season is here, and it’s time to refresh your severe weather safety knowledge. If a weather emergency or natural disaster happens, do you have a plan? Where will you go? What will you do? Plan to be prepared and resilient by using the CDC resources below.

Also, learn how EPIC Partners are providing disaster recovery in real-time! Check out the EPIC Exclusive featuring CORE, a crisis response organization that brings immediate aid and recovery to underserved communities across the globe.

Natural Disasters and Severe Weather

Tornado approaching a city

Natural disasters and severe weather, including hurricanes, tornadoes, extreme heat, and flooding, can have major impacts on communities and families.

Planning to maintain and protect your health in a disaster or emergency is an important but often overlooked part of the preparedness process. Involve your entire family in planning and practicing how to stay healthy, informed, calm, and connected during an emergency.

If you live in an area of the country prone to severe weather events or if you or a loved one have health conditions that may be complicated by weather conditions, staying up to date on safety recommendations can help you stay healthy and safe. 

Explore CDC’s pages below for more information about how to be ready if severe weather affects your area.


July 2022 wildfire map of the U.S.
August 2022 wildfire map of the U.S.
September 2022 wildfire map of the U.S.

It’s wildfire season, a good time to learn how to handle a wildfire that may affect your home or neighborhood.

Wildfires are a serious threat to health and safety. If you live in an area* where the wildfire risk is high, take steps now to prepare for wildfire season. Learn if your area has significant wildland fire potential*. There are many tools available to help protect yourself and your family from a wildfire, evacuate safely during a wildfire, and keep you healthy when you return home.

Explore the pages below for more information about wildfire safety.

Note: The asterisk* represents a link that is outside CDC and federal government.

EPIC Partner Exclusive: Community Organized Relief Effort (CORE) 

CORE mass vaccination site at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles (photo credit: CORE)

EPIC works with dozens of organizations across the United States to exchange information that helps people stay safer and healthier during a public health emergency. One of these organizations is Community Organized Relief Effort (CORE), which saves lives and strengthens communities impacted by or vulnerable to crisis.

What is the role of your organization during a public health emergency?

During a public health emergency, CORE works closely with local community-based organizations, government, and other key partners to identify and support the most vulnerable groups. […] For example, during the early stages of the COVID-19 outbreak, CORE partnered with the Los Angeles Fire Department, City of Los Angeles, and medical partners to set up and operate one of the largest mass testing sites in the United States at Dodger Stadium. This high-impact site was later quickly transformed into one of the nation’s largest vaccination sites in January 2021 when vaccines came online. […] To date, CORE has administered over 6.3 million free COVID-19 tests and 2.7 million vaccines.

What is one piece of advice that you would give to other organizations planning for public health emergencies?

Knowledge and information sharing is critical during an emergency to avoid duplication of efforts and maximize the limited resources available. Organizations should participate in open forums and coordination meetings to share lessons learned and build relationships with each other.

Read more from our full interview with CORE.

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