Every year we, as residents of St. Johns County, are reminded of the vulnerability of our coastal community to hurricanes. As this County continues to grow and develop, this fact becomes increasingly important. You and your family need to know what to do and where to go should the threat of hurricane (or any disaster) become real.
A lack of education and planning are the common links of all major disasters. By knowing your vulnerability and what actions should be taken, you can greatly reduce the effects of a hurricane disaster. If you live in coastal or low-lying areas, areas that flood frequently, or in manufactured homes, you will be asked to evacuate. To be "Prepared" you should have a plan.
Have a Plan
A disaster can strike quickly and without warning. You can be forced to evacuate your neighborhood or be confined to your home. What will you do when disaster strikes? Where will your family be when disaster strikes? Are you prepared?
Begin by gathering some basic, yet vital information. Know if you live in an evacuation area or not. Know your home's vulnerability to storm surge, flooding and wind. If you are asked to evacuate, where will you go? Know the evacuation routes you will take. Do you have a family member with Special Needs? Do you have pets? Does your plan include them?
Write a family plan based on this information. Families can cope with a disaster by preparing in advance. Knowing what to do in the event of disaster is your best protection. For helpful information and guidance in preparing "Your Family Disaster Plan", visit our Find a Publication listing in the right column as well as visiting any of the following sites:
Plan and Prepare
Disaster Planning for Children
- Florida Institute for Family Involvement (FIFI)
Disaster Planning, Response and Recovery
- Florida Disaster.org
Get a Plan
- Red Cross
Prepare Your Home and Family