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HHS ASPR CIP Bulletin: 2018 Hurricane Response - September 12, 2018 Update

Thursday, September 13, 2018   (0 Comments)
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General Updates

HPH Sector Members,

ASPR CIP is preparing for the response to multiple storm systems in the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean, including (but not limited to) Hurricane Florence.

  • Florence has been upgraded to a Category 4 Hurricane. It is forecast to make landfall between North Carolina and South Carolina during the afternoon on Thursday September 13 or early Friday morning, September 14.
  • Thursday will see life-threatening storm surge on the coast of Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

Lifeline Sector Updates

From our partners at FEMA's National Business Emergency Operations Center:

  • Most ports open with restrictions; pre-storm assessments in process
  • NC ports will close to both incoming and outgoing vessels on September 12
  • Amtrak and NCDOT Rail Division will suspend passenger rail service through North Carolina starting September 12 and will likely remain closed through September 16, 2018

State Updates

Evacuation Orders

  • North Carolina: Mandatory evacuations in place from Barrier Islands to the SC border; congestion reported on evacuation routes (est. 400K potential evacuees).
  • South Carolina: Mandatory evacuations for Horry, Georgetown, Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester counties as well as Edisto Beach.
  • Virginia: Mandatory Evacuation Order in place for Hampton Roads, VA Beach, Newport News, and areas around the Chesapeake River.


  • Public Health Emergency declared September 11, 2018 for North Carolina and South Carolina.
  • Stafford Act Emergency Declaration in effect as of September 10, 2018 for North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.
  • State of Emergency declared in South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.

State Emergency Management Websites

Requests for Information

As we prepare for a response, we wanted to reach out both to help prioritize where our private sector partners may need assistance and support an effective response.

Please see below for our initial list of concerns. Please let us know if is there anything we should be considering for needs and impacts in the anticipated storm tracks.

* Local public health needs, including lab tests and transportation of lab samples

* Hospitals

  • Flooding and other anticipated challenges
  • Availability of generators/fuel

* Nursing homes and elderly populations

* Dialysis centers and patient access to treatment

* Issues related to re-entry and access credentialling

* Manufacturing supply issues related to:

  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Device
  • Medical Gases (including medical oxygen)
  • Vaccines

*Distribution supply issues related to pharmaceutical and med. surg. distribution to both acute and non-acute

* Blood Banks and blood products

* Pharmacies

Additionally, one of our goals is to help support your decision support needs. If you have critical information requirements, or any concerns we should be tracking on your behalf we are happy to do so. Please let us know at

Re-Entry Information

The links below included additional information on re-entry guidelines for states anticipating impacts from Hurricane Florence:

Region IV


Transportation Waivers

Current Storm Tracks

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For up to date mapping of the affected areas, consult the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Hurricane Center.

Virtual Resources

HPH Sector 2018 Hurricane Response Dashboard

Power Resilience Emergency Response Checklist: Developed by HPH SCC member Powered for Patients

ASPR TRACIE Select Hurricane-Related Resources Page




September 12, 2018

FEMA National Business Emergency Operations Center

Atlantic Dashboard

Pacific Dashboard

NBEOC Daily Conference Call

Time: 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. ET
Dial: 1-888-877-0354
Participant passcode:9132924

For more information,

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