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This page will continue to be updated with useful information for members and visitors of AUAnet.org impacted by the effects of Hurricane Maria.

Local Information

Puerto Rico

U.S Virgin Islands

Carribbean Region

Safety Tips and Resources After a Hurricane

  • Do not return home until local officials indicate it is safe to do so.
  • If you encounter flood waters, remember – turn around, don’t drown. Don't drive through a flooded area.
  • Emergency workers may be assisting people in flooded areas or cleaning up debris. If possible, stay off the roads and out of the way as much as possible to avoid endangering yourself and first responders.

Visit Ready.gov or Listo.gov for more information.

The American Red Cross Safe and Well website is a free public reunification tool that allows individuals and organizations to register and post messages to indicate that they are safe, or to search for loved ones. The site is always available and open to the public and available in Spanish. Registrations and searches can be done directly on the website. Messages exist in both Spanish and English. To speak with someone at the American Red Cross concerning a missing friend or relative, please contact 1-800 REDCROSS OR 1-800-733-2767, choose option 1.

Puerto Rico

U.S. Virgin Islands

Business Recovery

OSHA's Hurricane eMatrix outlines the activities most commonly performed during hurricane response and recovery work and provides detailed information about the hazards associated with those activities. The eMatrix is designed to help employers make decisions to protect workers and offers recommendations for personal protective equipment, safe work practices, and precautions for each activity.

Additional Information:

  • Hurricane Recovery. U.S. Department of Labor, (2017). Learn about resources to keep workers safe during recovery operations and how the Department of Labor is assisting affected communities.
  • Hurricanes. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • Ready.govyyHurricanes Ready.gov - Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

More information available at OSHA.gov.

Flood Safety

Houston Flood Safety


Please monitor weather conditions and local news for vital information. If you are driving during a flooding event, do not attempt to cross-flowing streams, as vehicles may stall or you could lose control. Never drive your vehicle around warning signs for barricades.

The National Weather Service offers the following reminders during floods:

  • It is never safe to walk or drive into flood water.
  • As little as 6 inches of fast-moving flood water can knock over an adult.
  • It takes 12 inches of rushing water to carry away a small car.
  • Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles, including SUVs and pickups.