The following is a collection of suggestions from the National Hurricane Center and Ready.gov on being prepared year-round for the impacts from a hurricane or severe weather. Having a plan, preparing a survival kit, and knowing ahead of time where to get help could save your life, or at the very least make riding out a storm easier for you and your family.
The easiest way to find your zone is to go back to the "Home" page of this app, then tap "Evacuation Info" on the top right corner of the map.
DURING AN EMERGENCY, YOUR LOCAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT PROGRAM SHOULD ALWAYS BE CONSULTED REGARDING EVACUATION ORDERS.
DURING AN EMERGENCY, YOUR LOCAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT PROGRAM SHOULD ALWAYS BE CONSULTED REGARDING EVACUATION ORDERS. Evacuations are ordered by evacuation zones.
It doesn’t take thousands of dollars or multiple days to do it. In fact, for far less than that and usually in one day of shopping, you can gather the items necessary to ride a storm and the impact it can leave for many days after. If finances become a challenge, consider purchasing only a few of these items at a time during the off-season months.
The State of Florida tax free holiday is usually the first week of the season and covers hurricane supplies including batteries, a generator, radios, etc. View the full list of qualified purchases from the Department of Revenue.
Before the season begins, there are many simple tasks you can do to your home that will help to mitigate any damage that could be caused by a storm.
Trimming trees and shrubs can lower the chances that your home will be impacted by wind damage or a power outage.
Clearing clogged rain gutters or downspouts can lessen the impact of flooding or prevent a leak in your roof during a storm.
Purchasing and installing a generator can keep your essential items powered for several days in the event of a major power outage.
And finally, make plans ahead of time on where to store your recreational vehicles, such as your boat or motorcycle. A public space such as a parking garage may be a much sturdier solution than your driveway or carport.
View other planning tips for the elderly, pets, kids and those with special needs at Ready.gov.
If you have become separated from your family, use your family communications plan or contact the American Red Cross at 1-800-RED-CROSS/1-800-733-2767 or visit the American Red Cross Safe and Well site: www.safeandwell.org.
The American Red Cross also maintains a database to help you find family. Contact the local American Red Cross chapter where you are staying for information. Do not contact the chapter in the disaster area.
If you cannot return home and have immediate housing needs. Text SHELTER + your ZIP code to 43362 (4FEMA) to find the nearest shelter in your area (example: shelter 12345).
For those who have longer-term housing needs, FEMA offers several types of assistance, including services and grants to help people repair their homes and find replacement housing. Apply for assistance or search for information about housing rental resources
NEVER use a generator inside homes, garages, crawlspaces, sheds, or similar areas, even when using fans or opening doors and windows for ventilation. Deadly levels of carbon monoxide can quickly build up in these areas and can linger for hours, even after the generator has shut off.
Use battery-powered flashlights in the dark. Do NOT use candles. Note: The flashlight should be turned on outside before entering – the battery may produce a spark that could ignite leaking gas, if present.
Avoid drinking or preparing food with tap water until you are sure it’s not contaminated.
Check refrigerated food for spoilage. If in doubt, throw it out.
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