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HPH Sector Hurricane Sally Tracking #2

Tuesday, September 15, 2020   (0 Comments)
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Healthcare and Public Health Sector

HPH Sector Hurricane Sally Tracking #2

September 15, 2020 

This email has been prepared by the HHS ASPR Division of Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP).If you observe or experience any impacts to critical infrastructure due to the incident, or have a request for information, please email us at

Key Updates

The Healthcare and Public Health Sector will be hosting a call on Thursday, September 17, at 2 p.m. ET to discuss potential impacts (Dial-In: 872-240-3212, Pin: 600-560-629).  


Disaster Declarations: President Trump approved Emergency Declarations for LouisianaMississippi, and Alabama beginning September 13, 2020 and continuing. 


Forecast: At approximately 1400ET Tuesday, September 15, the center of Hurricane Sally was located about 60 miles east of the mouth of the Mississippi River. Hurricane Sally has maximum sustained winds of 80 mph and is moving northwest at 2 mph. On the forecast track, the center of Sally will pass near the coast of southeastern Louisiana today, and make landfall in the hurricane warning area late tonight or Wednesday.


Impacts: Historic flooding is likely through Wednesday along and just inland of the coast from the western Florida Panhandle to far southeastern Mississippi. Life-threatening storm surge is expected from the Mouth of the Mississippi River to the Okaloosa/Walton County Line. 

  • MS/AL Border to AL/FL Border including Mobile Bay: 4-7 ft
  • Mouth of the Mississippi River to Mouth of the Pearl River including Lake Borgne: 4-6 ft
  • Mouth of the Pearl River to MS/AL Border: 3-5 ft 
  • AL/FL Border to Okaloosa/Walton County Line, FL including Pensacola Bay and Choctawhatchee Bay: 3-5 ft
  • Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas: 2-4 ft
  • Okaloosa/Walton County Line,FL to Chassahowitzka, FL including Saint Andrews Bay: 1-3 ft
  • Grand Isle, LA to Mouth of the Mississippi River: 1-3 ft

Tropical Storm Warning:

  • East of Navarre, FL to Indian Pass, FL
  • Bay St. Louis westward to Grand Isle, LA 

Hurricane Warning: 

  • East of Bay St. Louis to Navarre, FL

Anticipated Rainfall: Sally is forecast to produce 10 to 20 inches of rainfall with isolated amounts of 30 inches along and just inland of the central Gulf Coast from the western Florida Panhandle to far southeastern Mississippi.

Hurricane Wind Probabilities: 

  • Mobile, AL 17%
  • Montgomery, AL 2%
  • Gulfport, MS 4%
  • Pensacola, FL 12%

Federal Posture:  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and National Disaster Medical System personnel are engaged in preparedness and response activities in both Region 4 and 6 for Sally.

Coordination Calls: The Healthcare and Public Health Sector will be hosting a call Thursday, September 17 to discuss potential impacts. 

  • Time: 2 p.m. ET
  • Participant Dial-In: 872-240-3212
  • Participant Pin: 600-560-629

The Federal Emergency Management Agency will be hosting National Business Emergency Operations Center’s Hurricane Sally and Western Wildfires Coordination Calls beginning Tuesday, September 15 through Friday, September 18.

  • Time: 3 p.m. ET
  • Participant Dial-In:  800-593-7177
  • Participant PIN: 7963614

Healthcare & Public Health Sector Partnership: All Healthcare and Public Health Sector Partnership members in the potentially impacted areas are encouraged to work with their state, local, tribal, and territorial officials, coalitions, and communities.  


Requests for Information: Please share any anticipated high level concerns, challenges, or shortfalls with


Bulletins: The Healthcare and Public Health Sector Partnership will continue to monitor and send relevant updates for the duration of this incident.

Additional Response Activities

Oregon Wildfires:

  • As of September 14, 35 active fires in the state have required mandatory evacuation orders for more than 500,000 residents who live in affected areas. Air quality remains poor over most of the western and central parts of the state as smoke coverage is heavy and emergency department and urgent care visits for respiratory issues remain above expected levels statewide. HHS remains engaged and continues to support in wildfire response.
  • President Trump approved an Emergency Disaster Declaration for the state of Oregon from September 8, 2020 and continuing.

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