Hurricane Irma Web Resources and Reports

Hurricane Irma

Surface wind speeds show Hurricane Irma moving through the Carribean on Sept 9th, 2017. Credit:, 2017.

We've been gathering resources that could be helpful to those seeking further information on hurricanes and other extreme coastal weather events. The links below will take you to the numerous resources we've curated on the event. These pages are being updated regularly, so please check back often.

Last updated October 12 at 5:00 p.m.

Topic Listings

Hurricane Irma-Specific Resources
General Hurricane Resources
Public Health
Environmental Impacts
Physical Environment
Vulnerable Populations
Volunteer and Humantarian Response
Resource Collections

Hurricane Irma-Specific Resources

Florida Shelter Information Index
This site, created by the Florida Division of Emergency Management, provides information about where to find the closest shelters and resources for special needs sheltering.

Florida Evacuation Routes and Zone Maps
This Florida Division of Emergency Management site provides important information about evacuation routes and zone maps based on regional evacuation studies.

Hurricane Irma Response. This site provides geospatial data through the Homeland Infrastructure Foundation-Level Data (HIFLD) to support community response and recovery to Hurrican Irma.

6 Florida webcams you can watch during Hurricane Irma has provided links to multiple livestreams from webcams set up around Florida as Hurricane Irma makes landfall.

General Hurricane Resources

The National Hurricane Center
The National Hurricane Center Web site offers a wealth of information about hurricanes and tropical cyclones, including information on past hurricane seasons and individual storms.

NASA Hurricanes and Tropical Storms
You'll find a wealth of NASA's diverse hurricane research here, including Harvey specific sattelite images, videos, and how the storm is intensifying.

Colorado State University Tropical Meteorology Project
The home of Atlantic hurricane prediction pioneers Philip Klotzbach and the late Bill Gray, this site is an excellent source of information on landfalling hurricanes in the U.S., and includes real-time tropical cyclone activity reports.

Seasonal Hurricane Prediction
This site takes the power of the Tropical Meteorology Project and joins it with similar projects for an even more comprehensive look at historical and predicted hurricane activity.

USGS Flood Inundation Mapping Tool
This tool shows where flooding may occur over a range of water levels in a community and includes real-time streamflow data, flood forecasts, and potential loss estimates. Hurricanes
This collection of hurricane resources covers every aspect of an event, including handy lists of things to think about when a storm is 6-36 hours away.

Hurricane Watch Net
Hurricane Watch Net is an organization of amateur radio and weather people who disseminate hurricane advisory information.

Public Private Partnership Portal
The NEMA Private Sector Information Sharing Task Force and IAEM have partnered up to facilitate the sharing of information for public and private sector partners.

Disaster Loan Assistance
This site supplies information from the U.S. Small Business Association pertaining to federal disaster loans for businesses, private nonprofits, homeowners, and renters.

Disaster Recovery Center Locator
This Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) Locator from FEMA enables people to search for the nearest DRC, along with other important information such as operation hours, services offered, and directions.

SAMHSA's Behavioral Health Disaster Response App
This app created by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration provides behaivoral health responders with the resources they need to ensure that hey are providing quality support to survivors.

FEMA Careers Hurricane Workforce
FEMA is looking for first responders to help support survivors in communities all around America. See where temporary positions may be available near you.

Public Health

Health Resources for Hurricanes
The Disaster Information Management Research Center has compiled a trove of resources to help manage public health during a hurricane, including information on water sanitation, environmental contamination, responder health, mental wellbeing, hospital evacuation, and much more.

CDC Natural Disasters and Extreme Weather: Floods
Floods come with an array of public health concerns, and the U.S. Center's for Disease Control and Prevention has a wide range of information on health hazards to watch for during and after a flood.

Environmental Impacts

Chemical Hazards in Floods and Disasters
This fact sheet from Sciencecorps gives a quick rundown of the health effects of exposure to chemicals and fuels that can be unleashed in a disaster.


Pedestrian Evacuation Analyst
The Pedestrian Evacuation Analyst is an ArcGIS extension that will estimate how long it would take to move out of hazard zones on foot, taking elements such as ground cover, elevation, and time of day into account. The site includes a handy workflow for those analyzing pedestrian evacuation movements. More information can be found in this USGS report on the software’s potential.

The Role of Transit in Emergency Evacuation
This Transportation Research Board special report provides a look back at transit providers and emergency evacuation plans. Recommendations for partnering with transit organizations in emergency planning and an addendum detailing transit’s role in 33 urban-area plans are included.

Physical Environment

The Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety
The Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety provides conducts research and provides information about ways to protect homes and businesses against disaster loss. Check out the site's hurricane section for specifics on everything from how to prepare your home to weather the storm to hazards to watch for when you return.

Trees and Hurricanes
The University of Florida’s Trees and Hurricanes site helps communities establish wind-resistant urban forests and provides information on cleaning up and restoring hurricane-damaged trees.

Vulnerable Populations

Child Care Provider Status and Damage Reports
Child Care Aware of America has begun conducting damage assessment surveys for child care providers around the state of Florida.

Disability Tips for First Responders
This quick list of tips for first responders provides disability specific information of how to respond to people in crisis.

Resources for People with Disabilities, Access & Functional Needs
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has provided a collection of resources regarding disaster assistance for people with disabilities, access & functional needs.

Volunteer and Humanitarian Response

Volunteer Management Resources from TRACIE
This Office of the Assistant Secretary for Prepardeness & Response TRACIE Topic Collection brings together resources related to volunteer management.


American Red Cross "Safe and Well"
Register here or search for loved ones that have marked themselves as "Safe and Well" with the American Red Cross.

Resource Collections

U.S. Department of Agriculture Hurricane Harvey Resources
From food safety tips to farming assistance, the USDA has a number of resources for rural residents.

ABA Disaster Relief Resources
The Committee on Disaster Response and Preparedness of the American Bar Association has put together a collection of resourcs pertaining to disaster relief and legal assistance.