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Hurricane Season is here

By planning ahead you can avoid waiting in long lines for critical supplies, such as food, water and medicine and you will also have essential items if you need to evacuate.
For your safety and comfort, have a disaster supplies kit
Packed and ready in one place before a disaster hits. You may want to consider storing supplies in a container that has wheels. Label any equipment, such as wheelchairs, canes or walkers, that you would need with your name, address and phone numbers. Keeping your kit up-to-date is also important. Review the contents at least every six months or as your needs change. Check expiration dates and shifts your stored supplies into everyday use before they expire. Replace food, water and Batteries, and refresh medications and other perishable Items with “first in, first out” practices
Assess yourself and your household. What personal abilities and limitations may affect your response to a disaster? Think about how you can resolve these or other questions and discuss them with your family and friends. Details are important to ensure your plan fits your needs
Know about your community’s response and evacuation plans
If you do not own a vehicle or drive, find out in advance what your community’s plans are for evacuating those without private transportation or make arrangements with a neighbor who would drive you. Register with the County Special Shelter at https://snr.floridadisaster.org. This will allow you to receive important information from local emergency management officials about evacuation and sheltering options available to you. You may be told to “stay at home.” This means stay where you are and make yourself as safe as possible until the emergency passes or you are told to evacuate. In this situation it is safer to remain indoors than to go outside. Stay in your home and listen to instructions from emergency personnel. Listen to your television or radio for emergency messages. Be prepared to be on your own and have additional food and water for seven to fourteen days. Know what is safe to eat after the power has been out, If the doors stay closed & the temperature has stayed at 40 for the fridge it can stay cold for up to 4 hours if full & for the freezer can up to 48 hours. Please remember never taste the food to see if it is safe & when in doubt throw it out. You can go to foodsafety.gov or download the foodkeeper app
Take your pets with you if you evacuate. However, be aware that pets (except service animals) are not permitted in most emergency public shelters for health reasons. Prepare a list of family, friends, boarding facilities, veterinarians and‘pet-friendly’ hotels that could shelter your pets in an emergency.
Know how and when to turn off water, gas and electricity at the main switches or valves. Share this information with your family. Keep any tools you will need nearby. Turn off the utilities only if you suspect the lines are damaged, you suspect a leak or if local officials instruct you to do so. Keep copies of vital family records and other important documents such as birth and marriage certificates, social security cards, passports, wills, deeds, and financial, insurance and immunizations records in a safe location, like a fire safe or safe-deposit box. Disasters often cause emotional distress. Being prepared will lessen your anxiety. When an emergency occurs, know that you may experience some emotional, physical, mental and spiritual reactions. Emotional and other kinds of responses are expected. That’s okay. In a disaster, many people have problems taking care of routine tasks. Support is most important. And getting help is important. Ask for what you need
Helpful web sites are
Department of Homeland Security
Www.ready.gov
National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
Www.noaa.gov
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Www.fema.gov
For more information, please contact your local emergency management office, American Red Cross chapter or www.redcross.org.
Remember just be prepare is your best bet.