Hurricane Response Hub

Building disaster-related public health capacity to enhance environmental and occupational health recovery efforts nationwide.

“Together we can reduce morbidity and mortality by eliminating environmental and occupational exposures during and after hurricane events.” – Vincent Lafronza, president and CEO, NNPHI.

Our Work

The Hurricane Response Hub (HRH) initiative is a coordinated effort among federal, state, and local public health organizations to facilitate training, technical assistance, and information sharing to enhance ongoing environmental and occupational health recovery in jurisdictions affected by the 2017 Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.

As the National Coordinating Center for Public Health Training (NCCPHT), NNPHI is coordinating efforts across five technical assistance center led by public health institutes and public health training centers.

These technical assistance centers serve as the coordinating body within their  jurisdiction, working with a range of state and regional partners to lead public health workforce capacity building activities in disaster-related surveillance, environmental, and occupational health needs, including:

  • Fulfilling technical assistance requests
  • Providing resources and educational materials
  • Training the workforce in disaster-related environmental and occupational health recovery needs
  • Addressing surveillance for morbidity and mortality from disaster-related environmental and occupational health exposures
  • Improving the capacity of public health information sharing on disaster-related environmental and occupational health issues.

The training and resources developed through this initiative will also help public health institutes, emergency management, government entities, and other organizations build workforce capacity and institutional knowledge that improves disaster-related recovery in the future.

The Hub Speaks: Public Health’s Resource for Hurricane Response and Recovery

The Hurricane Response Hub publication The Hub Speaks is a resource for hurricane response and recovery that is part of our partnership with the National Coordinating Center for Public Health at NNPHI and several other partners across the country.

This publication will feature stories around the aftermath effects of the 2017 hurricanes, updates from the HRH technical assistance centers, and links to training related to hurricane-related health in order to provide opportunities for hurricane response and readiness.

The Hub Speaks is published quarterly. Check out our issues below:

June 2020April 2020December 2019 | September 2019June 2019

Contact Us

Individuals and organizations leading or supporting disaster-related recovery based in 2017 Hurricane impacted jurisdictions can learn more and access training and technical assistance by contacting us.

Submit a Technical Assistance Request

Need assistance or support? We’re here to help you build your disaster-related capacity. The Hurricane Response Hub is committed to providing customized technical assistance to individuals, organizations, and agencies recovering from the effects of 2017 Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.

Not sure what a Technical Assistance Request is?
View these case studies to learn more about how other organizations have received assistance from the Hurricane Response Hubs.


Who can receive Technical Assistance?

  • Any organization including but not limited to:
    • Community-based organizations
    • Public Health departments
    • Universities

What services are provided by the HRHTACs?

  • Phone consultations
  • Facilitating connections to people, organizations, or resources
  • Training and educational opportunities

What topics are covered in Technical Assistance?

  • Disaster-related morbidity and mortality surveillance tools and training
  • Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER) toolkit
  • Disaster epidemiology methods
  • Environmental health
  • Occupational health
  • Communicating about environmental and occupational health hazards
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Funding for this project has been provided to the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC – NU1ROT000004-01-00). NNPHI is collaborating with the CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health on this project. The contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention.

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