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Florida Health Department in Flagler Reminds Residents to Prepare for Hurricane Season

By Gretchen Smith

May 31, 2018

Bunnell, Fla. The Florida Department of Health in Flagler (DOH-Flagler) is reminding residents to start preparing for hurricane season, which officially kicks off Friday, June 1.

“Last year, Hurricane Irma’s path was unpredictable and threatened every part of Florida at some point,” said Robert Snyder, DOH-Flagler Health Officer. “The flood damage we experienced in Flagler shows how devastating hurricanes can be, even when we do not take a direct hit. Accordingly, we are asking Flagler residents to make hurricane preparedness a priority now by updating their emergency plans, making necessary preparations and restocking their hurricane supplies.”

The department recommends the following tips for the 2018 hurricane season:

  • Determine the risks to your home, property, or business;
  • Develop or update an emergency evacuation plan and review the plan carefully with your family – don’t forget to include your pets in your evacuation plan;
  • Make sure you have adequate insurance by contacting your insurance company or agent;
  • Assemble a disaster supply kit;
  • Strengthen your home and complete any needed repairs;
  • Identify your trusted sources of information for any severe weather event or hurricane. Credible and timely information is very important to taking the appropriate actions in the event of an emergency; and
  • Complete a written hurricane plan and keep it in a safe, easily accessible location.

 

Flagler County residents should also take advantage of the 2018 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday that starts Friday, June 1 and ends Thursday, June 7.  During this sales tax holiday, items related to disaster preparedness are exempt from sales tax.

 

Items to include, replenish and replace in your emergency preparedness kit are:

  • Water (at least one gallon a day per person);
  • Non-perishable packaged or canned food (enough for at least 5 days);
  • Any necessary medication (enough for 2 weeks);
  • Written instructions for care and medication (including medication dosages, a list of medical devices you use and a list of your doctors);
  • First aid kit;
  • Flashlights with extra batteries;
  • Weather band radio;
  • Lanterns, candles and matches;
  • Fuel and propane;
  • Pet care items (including any pet medications); and
  • Other important documents (stored in a waterproof container).

 

For more information about hurricane preparation, visit Flagler County Emergency Management’s website.

If you, a friend or family member have a disability or a special need such as a medical condition, please pre-register with Flagler County Emergency Operations. The registration list is updated each year so that those who require electricity, refrigeration for medication, or oxygen can be assisted quickly during an emergency.  For more information, visit www.flaglercounty.org/emergency or call 386-313-4970.

The Florida Department of Health’s website also has valuable information that can help you plan for emergency situations: http://www.floridahealth.gov/programs-and-services/emergency-preparedness-and-response/index.html.

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For information about the Florida Department of Health in Flagler, go to flagler.floridahealth.gov, call 386-437-7350, or visit 301 Dr. Carter Blvd. in Bunnell.