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Hurricanes and Tornadoes

Hurricanes, tornadoes, and the accompanying rainfall and flooding may threaten your family or your home. While cleaning up you'll want to protect your family, especially if someone has lung disease, from the many indoor and outdoor air pollutants and other health threats that can appear.

Below are some resources that can help.

Preparing for the Threats

After the Disaster

Lung Disease and Natural Disasters

Create an Asthma or COPD Travel Pack to ensure you have all of the medicines and instructions you need in one easily accessible place. When creating your Travel Pack consider including:

  • Copies of your Asthma Action Plan or COPD Action Plan
  • An extra written prescription in case medication is lost or destroyed
  • Insurance card and healthcare provider contact information
  • Both quick-relief and controller medications (make sure there is enough to get you through your stay, and extra in case you get held over unexpectedly)
  • A spacer
  • A Peak Flow Meter, if prescribed by your healthcare provider
  • Allergy medication

Store your Travel Pack and medicines at the correct temperature. Medicines may be exposed to extreme temperatures.

Other Resources

  • See a chemical or oil spill? Call the National Response Center at 1-800-424-8802 (24 hours a day every day). Chemicals can give off toxic air pollution, so report them as quickly as possible.
  • More information at can help you prepare for or respond to hurricanes and tornadoes.
  • Need help recovering? helps you to receive disaster assistance.
  • What to do with disaster debris? Don't burn it. This lists ways that work to get rid of debris without adding to the burden to your health.
  • More recovery advice from Environmental Protection Agency
  • American Red Cross has Safe and Well to help members of your family connect after a disaster
  • For more information on disaster recovery, please contact our Lung HelpLine at 1-800-LUNGUSA.

Accessed August 23, 2015.

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    Reviewed and approved by the American Lung Association Scientific and Medical Editorial Review Panel. Last reviewed October 31, 2017.

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