Along with damage to homes and infrastructure, Hurricane Ida and the storms caused by it have increased stress, anxiety, and perhaps even trauma as the nation continues to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. Use the resources and information below to care for yourself and your loved ones, including caring for emotional health.
CDC is working closely with federal partners and state health departments to respond to Hurricane Ida. The effects of the hurricane and the response are especially challenging during the COVID-19 pandemic.
On Sunday, Hurricane Ida made landfall in Louisiana, bringing significant damage to southern Louisiana and Mississippi. Widespread flooding, wind damage, and power outages have affected millions of Americans and thousands of people are in shelters or evacuated to other locations.
Key health and safety concerns at this time include avoiding carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, preventing heat illness in areas without power, safely returning home to clean up, and limiting COVID-19 spread.
While no longer considered a hurricane, the storm is bringing heavy rains and threats of tornadoes into the Northeast and caused deadly flooding in parts of New York and New Jersey.
CDC provides guidance and resources on recovering from hurricanes, while also considering the ongoing pandemic. We ask that you share the important information below with others you believe might benefit.
Follow local health and safety advisories to ensure your actions are based on the most up-to-date information in your area.
Stay Safe After a Hurricane: Get tips on how to recover safely from a hurricane. After a hurricane, you may face flooding, downed power lines, damage from mold, and other risks to your health. This information is available in English, Spanish, and several other languages (use the language pull-down at the top of the page).
How to Help Loved Ones: If you have friends, family, or other loved ones in hurricane-affected areas, you can help them by sending health and safety information. This website is available in English and Spanish.
Protect yourself from extreme heat: Because of widespread power outages, many people in hurricane-affected areas may be without air conditioning. This increases the risk for heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps and fainting. To avoid heat stress, you should follow CDC’s heat safety tips. Visit Warning Signs and Symptoms of Heat-Related Illness for more information on how to recognize symptoms and what to do if someone develops a heat-related illness.
If air conditioning is not available:
Information for Professionals and Response Workers: Find safety information for health care professionals, response and cleanup workers, and Public Service Announcements to get information to the public about staying safe after a hurricane.
Download the FEMA Mobile App to stay aware of immediate threats and to locate nearby shelters.
Hurricane Recovery and COVID-19
Keep Your Distance: When you check on neighbors and friends, be sure to follow distancing recommendations (staying at least 6 feet from others) and other CDC recommendations to protect yourself and others.
Find COVID-19 specific hurricane key messages in the Hurricane Key Messages: COVID-19 Annex (Spanish), in addition to the Preparedness and Safety Messaging for Hurricanes, Flooding, and Similar Disasters (Spanish) manual.
Resources for Specific Risks
CDC recommends printing all important resources if you are able, as power outages can prevent access to online information. Please pass along these resources as quickly as possible. Another option, if printing is not possible, is to encourage people to save important information on their smart phones and to use their phones minimally, to preserve power as long as possible.
Visit CDC’s Educational Materials by Topic for digital and print materials, and the Public Service Announcement (PSAs) page for PSAs in English and Spanish in a variety of formats including text, audio, and video.
Carbon Monoxide (CO)
Food and Water Safety
Please visit our searchable Web page to see a variety of CDC health resources in additional languages.
Coping with a Disaster
During and after a disaster, it is natural to experience different and strong emotions. Coping with these feelings and getting help when you need it will help you, your family, and your community recover from a disaster. Learn about Coping with a Disaster or Traumatic Event to protect your mental health.
Regardless of your child’s age, he or she may feel upset or have other strong emotions after an emergency. Some children react right away, while others may show signs of difficulty much later. How a child reacts, and the common signs of distress can vary according to the child’s age, previous experiences, and how the child typically copes with stress.
Learn about Helping Children Cope with Emergencies (Spanish) to protect their mental health. Teens can visit Coping After a Natural Disaster: Resources and Information for Teens to find information, coping tips, and stories from other teens who have lived through a natural disaster.