Hurricane Season is Here

By Director Barbara Palmer

Today marks the beginning of hurricane season, so it is time to go over your family’s emergency plan. Make sure you know your evacuation routes, destinations, and local emergency management contacts, and update your disaster supply kit. Remember that hurricane season lasts through November 30.

The 2021 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday began on May 28 and extends through June 6. For more information, visit the Department of Revenue’s Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday webpage.

Thorough planning is critical to protecting the health and safety of yourself and your loved ones. You need to plan now where you and your family will go if a disaster strikes and you need to leave your home. Knowing when it is safe to stay home and when you should evacuate is very important. It may be safer to stay at home if you are not in an ordered evacuation zone, low-lying flood prone area, mobile home, or unsafe structure. Learn what evacuation zone you live in and if your home is structurally safe to withstand projected winds.

Your plans to evacuate may include a hotel in another city or a relative’s home out of harm’s way. Thinking through multiple options is very important, and your decision should depend on the size and direction of the storm and what your local officials are telling you. Due to COVID-19, it is unclear whether hurricane shelters will be an option for everyone. In addition, it is important to create a plan for your pets, since not all places accept animals.

These are some important precautionary measures you can take to keep yourself and your family safe:

For some helpful planning guides, check out the following resources:

Your disaster supply kit should contain the following items:

Always stay up to date on current conditions to be notified of any hurricanes, tropical storms, or other potential disaster. A NOAA Weather Radio provides information on weather conditions. Additionally, Florida 511 and Florida Highway Patrol provide information on traffic conditions. Your county Emergency Management Agency’s website and contact information can be found at APD posts up-to-date disaster information and its Recovery Toolkit online at

Tailor your plans and supplies to your daily living needs. We care about you and your safety!