Florida Health Department Start Preparing for Hurricane Season

Bunnell, Fla. — The Florida Department of Health in Flagler (DOH-Flagler) is reminding residents to anticipate the rapidly approaching hurricane season by preparing during National Hurricane Preparedness Week May 5 to May 11.

“The devastation left by Hurricane Michael in the Panhandle was a grim reminder of how unpredictable and deadly hurricanes can be,” said Robert Snyder, DOH-Flagler Health Officer. “Flagler County was fortunate last year, but if we think about how we were impacted by Irma and Matthew, Flagler residents shouldn’t take storm preparation for granted. This is why we recommend taking time now to update emergency plans, restock hurricane supplies and, if appropriate, confirm registration for special needs shelter accommodation.”

The department recommends the following tips for the 2019 hurricane season:
·         Determine the risks to your home, property, or business;
·         Develop or update an emergency evacuation plan and review the plan carefully with your family – don’t forget to include your pets in your evacuation plan;
·         Make sure you have adequate insurance by contacting your insurance company or agent;
·         Assemble a disaster supply kit;
·         Strengthen your home and complete any needed repairs;
·         Identify your trusted sources of information for any severe weather event or hurricane. Credible and timely information is very important to taking the appropriate actions in the event of an emergency; and
·         Complete a written hurricane plan and keep it in a safe, easily accessible location.
 
Everyone living in Florida should have an emergency preparedness kit that meets their specific needs. Items to include, replenish and replace are:
·         Water (at least one gallon a day per person);
·         Non-perishable packaged or canned food (enough for at least 5 days);
·         Any necessary medication (enough for 2 weeks);
·         Written instructions for care and medication (including medication dosages, a list of medical devices you use and a list of your doctors);
·         First aid kit;
·         Flashlights with extra batteries;
·         Weather band radio;
·         Lanterns, candles and matches;
·         Fuel and propane;
·         Pet care items (including any pet medications); and
·         Other important documents (stored in a waterproof container).
 
For more information about hurricane preparation, visit Flagler County Emergency Management’s website.
If you, a friend or family member has a disability or a special need such as a medical condition, please pre-register with Flagler County Emergency Operations. The registration list is updated each year so that those who require electricity, refrigeration for medication, or oxygen can be assisted quickly during an emergency.  For more information, visit www.flaglercounty.org/emergency or call 386-313-4970.

The Florida Department of Health’s website also has valuable information that can help you plan for emergency situations: http://www.floridahealth.gov/programs-and-services/emergency-preparedness-and-response/index.html.

About the Florida Department of Health

The department, nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts.
 
Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @HealthyFla. For more information about the Florida Department of Health please visit www.FloridaHealth.gov.
 
For information about the Florida Department of Health in Flagler, go to flagler.floridahealth.gov, call 386-437-7350, or visit 301 Dr. Carter Blvd. in Bunnell.

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