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Hurricane Preparedness

Prepare for a Hurricane Now

If the Weather Channel hasn't gone into 24-hour hurricane coverage and famed meteorologist Jim Cantore hasn't booked a trip to your city, you still have time to prepare for an impending hurricane.

The key is not waiting until the last minute to prepare your home and family. Below are several ways you can prepare yourself ahead of time.

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

ItemQuantityCost
Water28 gallons$0.80 / $22.40
Juice4 jugs - 64 ounces$2.50 / $10.00
Drink mix4 each$5.76 / $23.04
Cereal2 boxes per family$3.64 / $7.28
Pop-Tarts2 boxes - 16 each$3.68 / $7.36
Breakfast bars2 boxes - 16 each$4.78 / $9.56
Fruit cups1 container - 12 each$6.58 / $6.58
Canned meats10 cans$2.96 / $29.68
Canned vegetables8 cans - 15 ounces$0.60 / $4.80
Canned soup8 cans - 18 ounces$1.78 / $14.24
Canned fruit8 cans$1.84 / $14.72
Apple sauce2 containers - 6 each$1.98 / $3.96
Jelly / jam1 jar - 30 ounces$2.12 / $2.12
Peanut butter2 jars - 40 ounces$4.68 / $9.36
Crackers3 boxes - 16 ounces$2.56 / $7.68
Cookies4 packages$2.80 / $11.20
Pretzels / chips3 bags per family$3.50 / $10.50
Nuts2 packages$7.98 / $15.96
Dried fruit3 packages$2.80 / $8.40
Total$218.84$21.88 per week over 10 weeks

Weekly Shopping List for Hurricane Food Supplies

WeekItemCost
Week 1Water / 28 gallons$22.40
Total$22.40
Week 2Juice / 4 jugs (64 ounces)$10.00
Pretzels, chips / 3 family bags$10.50
Total$20.50
Week 3Drink mix (liquid / powdered) 4 boxes$23.04
Total$23.04
Week 4Cereal / 2 family boxes$7.28
Pop-Tarts / 2 boxes (16 each)$7.36
Fruit cups / 1 carton (12 each)$6.58
Total$21.22
Week 5Breakfast bars / 2 boxes (16 each)$9.56
Cookies / 4 packages$11.20
Total$20.76
Week 6Canned meat / 5 cans$14.84
Nuts / 1 container$7.98
Total$22.82
Week 7Canned meat / 5 cans$14.84
Nuts / 1 container$7.98
Total$22.82
Week 8Canned vegetables / 8 cans (15 ounces)$4.80
Canned soup / 8 cans (18 ounces)$14.24
Jelly / 1 jar (30 ounces)$2.12
Total$21.16
Week 9Canned fruit / 8 cans (15 ounces)$14.72
Crackers / 3 boxes (16 ounces)$7.68
Total$22.40
Week 10Apple sauce / 2 container (6 each)$3.96
Peanut butter / 2 jars (40 ounces)$9.36
Dried fruit / 3 packages$8.40
Total$21.72
Grand Total$218.84

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.