Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities
Hurricanes are among nature's most powerful and destructive forces. Updates regarding weather conditions are available from the National Weather Service. NWS - on average, 12 tropical storms, 6 of which become hurricanes form over the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, or Gulf of Mexico during the hurricane season which runs from June 1 to November 30 each year. Hurricane season – when conditions are most favorable for the formation of hurricanes runs from June 1 to November 30 each year.
Be vigilant and alert to local weather and news at National Weather Service and or NOAA Weather Radio In addition, the Florida Division of Emergency Management website has a section of resources and information specifically tailored for people with disabilities/special needs and their families to help prepare for emergencies, protect themselves and be survivors. For a complete list of emergency management offices and contacts by County. View individual Florida rules for Special Needs Shelter.
Emergency Supplies and Planning
American Red Cross helps you to 'Be Red Cross Ready'
Make these items a part of your emergency kit:
Learn how to secure your property before a disaster and recover afterwards:
This is a guide on preparing and setting up shelters and educating staff & volunteers.
Florida Division of Emergency Management Family Disaster Planning website helps you create your family disaster plan as well as find emergency contacts, evacuation routes and more in your county.
General Emergency Preparedness Links
Resources for Community Members and Professionals
Resources for Kids