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Hurricane Preparedness

Prepare for a Hurricane Now

Know your risk and make an emergency plan

In Florida, it's no secret that we are susceptible to hurricanes. While you can't prevent them, you can prepare by knowing what risks you face and having an emergency plan in place for your family or business. Learn more about how to plan and prepare for a disaster.

NOAA radio broadcast channels and Alert Polk registration

Communication is key in any emergency and knowing what information to pay attention to can make a difference.

Special needs shelter pre-registration

If you or a loved one needs accommodations in a special needs shelter, you must pre-register. Visit our Special Needs page for more information.

Pet shelters

If you have a pet, don't forget to incorporate them into your emergency plan. Not all shelters are pet friendly. You need to know ahead of time, where you will go. Prepare a Hurricane Pet Plan.

Insurance documentation and other personal documents

Creating a digital document inventory will help you during and after a tropical storm or hurricane. Using your cell phone's built-in camera is an easy way to start the process. Don't forget identification cards and other important documents that you might need following a storm.

Prepare your home and yard

You don't want to wait until a hurricane is bearing down on your home to start removing unwanted vegetation. Do it before it's too late.

By waiting until the last minute to cut limbs and trim overgrown vegetation, you risk creating a larger hazard that might not be collected in time. Visit Waste and Recycling for more details.

Gather supplies and prepare your emergency kit

For hurricanes, it's recommended that you have a seven-day supply of food and water at the ready for everyone in your household. While that might seem like a daunting task, we've created a shopping list that can spread out that expense over several weeks.

7 Day Hurricane Food Supply for Family of 4

DayBreakfastLunchDinnerSnacks
Day 1Pop-Tarts, juiceCrackers, peanut butter, canned fruit, water and powdered drink mixReady-to-eat soup, crackers, water and powdered drink mixCookies
Day 2Dry cereal, juiceReady to eat soup, crackers, water and powdered drink mixCanned meat, canned vegetable, water, and powdered drink mixPretzels/chips
Day 3Breakfast bars, juiceCrackers, canned meat, apple sauce and powdered drink mixReady-to-eat soup, crackers, water and powdered drink mixAny type of nuts
Day 4Pre-packaged fruit cups, juiceReady-to-eat soup, crackers, water and powdered drink mixCanned meat, canned vegetable, water and powdered drink mixDried fruit
Day 5Pop-Tarts, juiceCrackers, peanut butter and jelly sandwich, canned fruit, water and powdered drink mixReady-to-eat soup, crackers, water and powdered drink mixPretzels/chips
Day 6Dry cereal, juiceReady-to-eat soup, crackers, water and powdered drink mixCanned meat, canned vegetable, water and powdered drink mixCookies
Day 7Breakfast bars, juiceCrackers, canned meat, apple sauce and powdered drink mixReady-to-eat soup, crackers, water and powdered drink mixAny type of nuts

Shopping List for Hurricane Food Supplies

ItemQuantity
Water28 gallons
Juice4 jugs - 64 ounces
Drink mix4 each
Cereal2 boxes per family
Pop-Tarts2 boxes - 16 each
Breakfast bars2 boxes - 16 each
Fruit cups1 container - 12 each
Canned meats10 cans
Canned vegetables8 cans - 15 ounces
Canned soup8 cans - 18 ounces
Canned fruit8 cans
Apple sauce2 containers - 6 each
Jelly / jam1 jar - 30 ounces
Peanut butter2 jars - 40 ounces
Crackers3 boxes - 16 ounces
Cookies4 packages
Pretzels / chips3 bags per family
Nuts2 packages
Dried fruit3 packages

Weekly Shopping List for Hurricane Food Supplies

 Item
Week 1Water/28 gallons
Week 2Juice/4 jugs - 64 ounces
 Pretzels, chips / 3 family bags
Week 3Drink mix (liquid / powdered) 4 boxes
Week 4Cereal / 2 family boxes
 Pop-Tarts / 2 boxes (16 each)
 Fruit cups / 1 carton (12 each)
Week 5Breakfast bars / 2 boxes (16 each)
 Cookies / 4 packages
Week 6Canned meat / 5 cans

Nuts / 1 container
Week 7Canned meat / 5 cans
 Nuts / 1 container
Week 8Canned vegetables / 8 cans (15 ounces)
 Canned soup / 8 cans (18 ounces)
 Jelly / 1 jar (30 ounces)
Week 9 

Crackers / 3 boxes (16 ounces)
Week 10Apple sauce / 2 container (6 each)
 Peanut butter / 2 jars (40 ounces)
 Dried fruit / 3 packages
 

Pre-register for volunteer opportunities

Following a natural emergency, volunteers are needed for many positions in disaster response. If you would like to help others in your community, visit Volunteer Opportunities to apply.

Hurricane Preparedness for Small Businesses

Your business needs to be prepared for unforeseen natural disasters, such as hurricanes, to minimize the impact of these events. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), almost 40 percent of small businesses never reopen their doors after a disaster. Now is the time to create a recovery plan, or re-evaluate your current plan, for how your business will continue if a hurricane strikes.

Make sure insurance policies are in place and all documents are updated. Review your policies to know what your insurance covers. Make sure you know:

  • What the process is and timeframe for filing an insurance claim
  • What you will do about the things that aren’t covered in the policy, and
  • How long your business can exist if you aren’t operating.

Resources to help you plan:

  • FloridaDisaster.biz is available to provide Florida business owners critical information to prepare, respond and recover from hurricanes and other disasters.
  • Florida Emergency Networks were organized to assist state agencies and local governments with purchasing functions during emergencies.
  • The Florida Division of Emergency Management Planning for Businesses is another resource.

Here are more tips to help you prepare for a hurricane:

  • Protect your electronics
  • Back up your data
  • Protect the interior
  • Have a communication plan in place, and
  • Manage your supply chain.