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Preparing for Disaster

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.

Infant Nutrition During a Disaster: Breastfeeding and Other Options

Please view and/or print our Infant Nutrition During a Disaster brochure.

Infant Nutrition During a Disaster Brochure

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.

Disaster Preparedness Kit


  • Clean towels
  • Waterproof pads
  • Medium-sized bowl (for collecting the placenta)
  • Disposable gloves

For Baby

  • Breast pump and supplies
  • Newborn cap
  • Case of diapers
  • Hot water bottle (for warmth)
  • Suction bulb
  • Receiving blankets

For Mom

  • Cold packs
  • Acetaminophen
  • Sanitary pads

Cutting Umbilical Cord

  • White shoelaces or cord clamps for tying off the umbilical cord
  • Sharp, clean scissors or unused razor blade for cutting the umbilical cord
  • Alcohol wipes for cleaning tools

After the Birth

  • Baby sling
  • Mother's milk-it's the best food for babies in an emergency

For Your Emotional Health

The Disaster Distress Helpline, operated by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), provides crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster.  The service is toll-free, multilingual, and confidential, and is available to all residents in the United States and its territories.  Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor. Visit the SAMHSA website (httsp;// for more information about services.

Numbers to Know

Emergency: 911

Provides emergency preparedness information in most major Alabama cities and surrounding counties: 211

Alabama Power Company: 1-800-888-2726

Alabama Road Conditions: 1-888-588-2848

Alabama Rural Electric Cooperative: 1-800-410-2732

CDC Emergency Response: 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636)

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

Alabama Poison Center: 1-800-462-0800

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: 1-800-344-9453

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.

Page last updated: October 20, 2023