Hurricane Updates and Resources
During an emergency, health centers play an important role in delivering critical services and assisting with the local community response. As the effects from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma unfold, BPHC is sharing the current guidance that may support your response to the emergency:
- Health centers may request a change in scope of project to add a temporary site(s) in response to emergency events through a streamlined process outlined in Program Assistance Letter (PAL 2014-05): Updated Process for Requesting a Change in Scope to Add Temporary Sites in Response to Emergency Events (PDF - 198 KB)
- Following a Public Health Emergency Declaration by the HHS Secretary, HRSA allows eligible entities in affected states to immediately enroll for the 340B Drug Program. To enroll, contact the 340B Prime Vendor Program: email@example.com or 1-888-340-2787.
- The Federal Tort Claims Act Health Center Policy Manual provides additional guidance related to emergencies in Section F: FTCA Coverage When Responding to Emergency Events (PDF - 435 KB)
If you have questions about FTCA coverage, contact the BPHC Helpline online or by phone: 877-974-BPHC (2742) from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Mondays through Fridays (except federal holidays). For specific questions related to your health center grant or scope of project, please contact your project officer.
Emergency Preparedness Resources
- FEMA’s Hurricane Irma Webpage
- USA.gov Hurricane Irma Webpage
- PHE Hurricane Irma Webpage
- Hurricane Recovery Resources for Health Centers developed by Capital Link
Social Media Accounts
- PHEGov – Twitter feed for public health emergency information on disaster health preparedness, response and recovery. Brought to you by HHS’ Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR).
- CDCEmergency – Twitter feed for information from CDC’s Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (OPHPR).
- USAGov and FEMA on Twitter for storm updates.
- Cómo prepararse para un huracán o una tormenta tropical (CDC)
- Información sobre la preparación para los consumidores (FDA)
- Seguridad de los alimentos para consumidores que regresan a sus hogares después de un huracán y/o inundación (FDA)
Spanish-Language Social Media Accounts
Date Last Reviewed: September 2017