Public Health Surveillance Tools -- Hurricane

The risks to the public's health from a hurricane are several including direct and indirect impacts relative to injury, disease transmission, change in health-care access, reducing access to personal resources, and affecting mental health. The public health function of assessment and monitoring becomes more important when a hurricane makes landfall so that health departments may take or recommend action to prevent or reduce further negative impact. An enhanced surveillance effort is envisioned to capture data in the population that will use emergency evacuation shelters, those seeking care at hospitals and clinics, and finally fatalities that occur.

Last updated July 28, 2020