Hurricanes are an unfortunate danger that threaten Florida's coastal residents. The information below can help you prepare yourself and your family, should a hurricane approach our district. In addition to what is provided here, I encourage you to seek additional information and resources so that you and your family are safe and ready if a hurricane hits Florida.
PREPARING FOR HURRICANES:
Familiarize yourself with the terms that are used to identify a hurricane:
- Hurricane watch - a hurricane is possible in your area. Be prepared to evacuate.
- Hurricane warning - a hurricane is expected in your area. If local authorities advise you to evacuate, leave immediately.
PREPARE YOURSELF AND YOUR PROPERTY:
- Cover all of your homes' windows with pre-cut ply wood or hurricane shutters.
- If you have a car, fill the gas tank in case you have to evacuate.
- Make an evacuation plan for yourself and your family. Make sure everyone knows where to go and what to do.
- Prepare an emergency supply kit for yourself and your family.
- Have an evacuation supply kit packed in case you have to leave your home.
- Plan how you will care for your pets.
IF YOU MUST EVACUATE:
- Turn off water, gas and electricity when you leave your house. Lock the door behind you.
- Bring important papers such as birth certificates and marriage licenses.
RECOMMENDED ITEMS TO INCLUDE IN A BASIC EMERGENCY SUPPLY KIT:
- One gallon of water per person per day for at least three days
- Three-day supply of non-perishable food and can-opener
- Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio
- Extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Whistle to signal for help
- Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air
- Moist towelettes and garbage bags for personal sanitation
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utitilties
HELPFUL FLORIDA LINKS:
- Florida Division of Emergency Management
- Manatee County Emergency Management
- Hillsborough County Emergency Management
- American Red Cross of Southwest Florida
HELPFUL FEDERAL LINKS:
- National Weather Service
- National Hurricane Center
- NOAA Weather Radio
- Federal Emergency Management Agency (1-800-621-FEMA)
- FCC – Emergency Alert System