As you know, hurricane season lasts from June 1 – November 30 each year, but tropical depressions, storms, and hurricanes can form at any time and cause lasting impacts to the State. Thorough planning and preparation before a storm hits is critical to protecting the health and safety of you and your loved ones.
Get a Plan!
- The Florida Division of Emergency Management Disaster Planning Guides: https://apps.floridadisaster.org/getaplan/
- The Federal Emergency Management Agency Disaster Planning Guides: https://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan
- The American Red Cross Disaster Planning Guides: https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/make-a-plan.html
1. Be Prepared!
Ensure you and your family are prepared before the next disaster impacts your community. Following an emergency or disaster, you may lose access to basic services, such as power and water, and be subject to limited or no access to essentials like food and water. With that in mind, stock up on essentials now and build a disaster supply kit to last you and your family for a minimum of 3 days.
Each individual or family disaster supply kit will differ based on personal needs. Review the list below to help you get started on basic items to include in your kit. Assess your individual and family needs to determine other critical items to include.
Basic Disaster Supply Kit Items
- Water – You will need water for drinking, cooking and sanitation purposes. Pack a minimum of 1 gallon daily per person for 3 to 7 days.
- Food – You will need enough for a minimum of 3 to 7 days:
- Non-perishable packaged or canned food and juices
- Manual can opener
- Foods for individuals with dietary restrictions (i.e. infants, elderly, etc.)
- Snack foods
- Cooking tools and fuel
- Paper plates and plastic utensils
- Flashlight and Extra Batteries
- Pillows, Blankets and/or Sleeping Bags
- Clothing – Include a complete change of clothes including sturdy shoes to protect you from debris or other sharp objects you may encounter outdoors post-storm.
- First Aid Kit, Prescription Medication and Other Medicines
- Radio – Battery operated and NOAA weather radio
- PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)
- Cleaning Supplies
- Special Items
- Toys, Books and Games
- Important Documents – Consider storing all critical documents in a waterproof container, as well as, saving them electronically. These items can include but are not limited to insurance, medical records, bank account numbers, Social Security card, prescription information, etc.
- Tools (manual)
- Pet Care Items
- Proper identification / immunization records
- Ample supply of food and water
- Carrier or cage
- Muzzle and leash
- Photo of you and your pet(s) – in the event you are separated from your pet, having an updated photo with your pet will help validate pet ownership.
- Be Informed!
The latest weather and hazard information should be obtained from your local National Weather Service Forecast Office and your county Emergency Management Agency.
Your county Emergency Management Agency’s website and contact information can be found at the following link: https://www.floridadisaster.org/counties/
Please see our website for the latest in emergency preparedness through our Disaster Recovery Toolkit https://apd.myflorida.com/news/toolkit.htm . As you know, our Communications Team posts up-to-date information on this site, and keeps it current year-round. Here’s hoping you are safe today, and hoping you, your family, and those you serve remain safe throughout Hurricane Season 2020.