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HHS ASPR CIP Bulletin: Tropical Storm Michael Response - October 11, 2018 Update

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October 11, 2018

HPH Sector Members,  

ASPR CIP and the HPH Sector are responding to the impacts of Tropical Storm Michael. As of 5 :00 a.m. EDT, Tropical Storm Michael will continue to weaken and increase in forward speed today as it continues to move northeast over the Southeast U.S. The core of Michael will move through east-central Georgia this morning, then move northeastward across the Carolinas through late Thursday, and then venture off the Mid-Atlantic coast by early Friday.  Rainfall amounts of 3 to 6 inches will be seen on average with locally higher amounts possible. For a full update on the weather impacts of Hurricane Michael, consult the National Hurricane Center

As response operations continue, please refer to this fact sheet with a description of the ASPR's Division of Critical Infrastructure Protection response coordination capabilities. Additional healthcare and public health-specific resources are also available via the HPH Sector 2018 Hurricane Response dashboard


If you have any reports of impacts or disruptions to healthcare and public health critical infrastructure, or have any requests for information or resources, email ASPR CIP at 

Table of Contents

HPH Sector Michael Response Call Summary

The HPH Sector and Government Coordinating Councils held a joint call to discuss Hurricane Michael response operations with their members. ASPR CIP has developed a summary of key takeaways from the call. Updates included: 

  • CMS links on 1135 waiver information, blanket waivers, and dialysis 
  • Information on HHS federal asset deployment
  • Interdependent lifeline sectors (transportation, energy) 
  • State and local association updates 
  • Subsector updates from the private sector

The full summary is available online. Please note this document is marked TLP: AMBER (Recipients may only share TLP:AMBER information with members of their own organization, and with clients or customers who need to know the information to protect themselves or prevent further harm.) 

FEMA NBEOC Resources

FEMA's National Business Emergency Operations Center (NBEOC) has opened up an operations dashboard for Hurricane Michael. The Hurricane Michael dashboard features cross sector updates on lifeline sectors as well as products with detailed information on access and re-entry protocols in impacted areas. 

The NBEOC is holding daily calls, information available below:  

Time: 4:00 p.m. ET
Dial: 1-888-889-4460
Participant Code: 4097128

State Updates and Resources

Stay updated to states directly and indirectly impacted by Hurricane Michael through the FEMA website with links to all state and territorial emergency management agencies.

ALABAMA - Emergency Operations Center

FLORIDA - State Emergency Operations Center

  • There has been a Presidential Disaster Declaration and HHS Public Health Emergency Declaration for Florida. 
  • The governor of Florida has declared a State of Emergency for 27 counties in northern Florida. Those counties include: Leon, Wakulla,Franklin, Suwannee Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes, Washington, Bay, Jackson, Calhoun, Gulf, Gadsden, Liberty, Jefferson, Madison, Taylor, Columbia, Hamilton, Lafayette, Dixie, Gilchrist, Levy, Citrus, Pasco, Hernando, Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee, Alachua, Union, Bradford and Baker Counties.
  • In case of transportation challenges, Florida 511 is a mapping tool that provides updates on road closures and traffic information.
  • Follow the Florida State Emergency Response Team on Twitter.  

GEORGIA - Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency

Virtual Resources

Tips for Retaining and Caring for Staff After a Disaster

A compilation of general promising practices—categorized by immediate and short-term needs—for facility executives to consider when trying to retain and care for staff after a disaster.

Hurricane Resources

Check out ASPR TRACIE’s Select Hurricane Related Resources (UPDATED) page for helpful resources in preparing for hurricanes and their aftermath (flooding, utility outages, etc.). Additional resources available through the TRACIE platform include Recovery PlanningUtility Failure CollectionAfter the Flood: Mold-Specific ResourcesConsiderations for Oxygen Therapy in DisastersDurable Medical Equipment in DisastersExchange Issue 6: Evacuating Healthcare FacilitiesHurricane Resources at Your Fingertips,  Major Hurricanes: Potential Public Health and Medical ImplicationsPost-Disaster Lessons Learned: Dialysis Patient Management, Tips for Retaining and Caring for Staff after a Disaster, resources for healthcare facility continuity of operations plans and internal flood response plans (plans, templates, and guidelines), and SME perspectives on Essential Elements of Information (EEI) that healthcare coalitions can use in exercises or real world events.

Resources from the Field


  • Humanity Road – Includes a summary of evacuation centers and alerts
  • FEMA - Up to date notifications of storm impacts and on island activities
  • FEMA Happening Now - Additional up to date notifications of storm impacts and on island activities



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