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.
Communication is key in any emergency and knowing what information to pay attention to can make a difference.
NOAA Weather Radio Frequencies for Polk: 162.500 and 162.550 MHz
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hurricane Shopping List:
Water - 28 gallons
Juice - 4 jugs - 64 ounces
Drink mix - 4 each
Cereal - 2 boxes per family
Pop-Tarts - 2 boxes - 16 each
Breakfast bars - 2 boxes - 16 each
Fruit cups - 1 container - 12 each Canned meats - 10 cans
Canned vegetables - 8 cans - 15 ounces Canned soup - 8 cans - 18 ounces Canned fruit - 8 cans
Apple sauce - 2 containers - 6 each Jelly / jam - 1 jar - 30 ounces
Peanut butter - 2 jars - 40 ounces Crackers - 3 boxes - 16 ounces
Cookies - 4 packages
Pretzels / chips - 3 bags per family Nuts - 2 packages
Dried fruit - 3 packages
Following a natural emergency, volunteers are needed for many positions in disaster response. If you would like to help others in your community, apply for Volunteer Opportunities here.
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.