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Preparing for Disaster: Special Information for Families with Newborns

When disaster strikes, if you’re not able to evacuate, make sure you and your family have a plan in place to ensure your safety. A well thought out plan can make all the difference. If you are pregnant or have just had your baby, it is important to speak with your doctor about what to do during an emergency or disaster. This site contains information to keep your unborn and newborn safe.

  • Develop an emergency plan for your family.
  • Seek your doctor’s advice in developing your plan if you are late in pregnancy or have any complications.
  • Plan to stay with family, friends, or a motel in a safe location further inland.
  • If you have no other place to go, talk with your doctor about recommended safe places.
  • Make a list of emergency health information for you and your family, and get a copy of your prenatal records and your child's shot record after each doctor visit.
  • Tell your doctor and someone outside of the storm area where you and your family will be during a disaster.
  • Be familiar with your insurance company’s regulations regarding prior authorization or prior approval, etc.

View or Print the Brochure

Infant Nutrition During a Disaster Brochure

Infant Nutrition During a Disaster:
Breastfeeding and Other Options

Emergency Risk Classification System for Physicians

The Emergency Risk Classification System has been developed in order for obstetricians to give their patients the best information available regarding where to go in case of a hurricane or other disaster. Go to the Emergency Risk Classification System for Physicians page to learn more and to download a print-version of the information.

Numbers to Know



Provides emergency preparedness information in most major Alabama cities and surrounding counties


Alabama Power Company


Alabama Road Conditions


Alabama Rural Electric Cooperative


CDC Emergency Response

1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636)


1-800-621-FEMA/TTY 1-800-462-7585

Alabama Poison Center


 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service



Hearing and Visual Assistance

Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services


Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind


For further information on preparing for an emergency, visit the ADPH Center for Emergency Preparedness.

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