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Current emergencies

Current emergencies

Here’s information and updates about natural disasters, man-made incidents, and public health emergencies that are happening now. Find more information on ongoing or past emergencies.


Alaska earthquake

Secretary Azar used his authority in the Public Health Service Act to declare a public health emergency (PHE) in Alaska on December 3, 2018, giving us the flexibility to support our beneficiaries, effective November 30, 2018. 

The PHE expired on February 27, 2019.

Read the blanket waivers for the Alaska earthquake.

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    California wildfires

    Find information about the California wildfires on our Past Emergencies Wildfires page.

    Typhoon Yutu

    Find information about Typhoon Yutu on our Past Emergencies Hurricanes page.

    Hurricane Michael

    Find information about Hurricane Michael on our Past Emergencies Hurricanes page.

    Hurricane Florence

    Find information about Hurricane Florence on our Past Emergencies Hurricanes page.


    Hurricane Maria

    Find information about Hurricane Maria on our Past Emergencies Hurricanes page.