Family Disaster Plan
- Discuss the type of hazards that could affect your family. Know your home's vulnerability to storm surge, flooding and wind.
- Locate a safe room or the safest areas in your home for each hurricane hazard. In certain circumstances the safest areas may not be your home but within your community.
- Determine escape routes from your home and places to meet. These should be measured in tens of miles rather than hundreds of miles.
- Have an out-of-state friend as a family contact, so all your family members have a single point of contact.
- Make a plan now for what to do with your pets if you need to evacuate.
- Check your insurance coverage - flood damage is not usually covered by homeowners insurance.
- Stock nonperishable emergency supplies and a Disaster Supply Kit.
- Use a NOAA weather radio. Remember to replace its battery every six months, as you do with your smoke detectors.
- Take CERT, First Aid, CPR and disaster preparedness classes.
Disaster Supply Kit
- Water - at least 1 gallon daily per person for 3 to 7 days
- Food - at least enough for 3 to 7 days
- non-perishable packaged or canned food / juices
- foods for infants or the elderly
- snack foods
- non-electric can opener
- cooking tools / fuel
- paper plates / plastic utensils
- Blankets / Pillows, etc.
- Clothing - seasonal / rain gear / sturdy shoes
- First Aid Kit / Medicines / Prescription Drugs
- Special Items - for babies and the elderly
- Toiletries / Hygiene items / Moisture wipes
- Flashlight / Batteries
- Radio - Battery operated and NOAA weather radio
- Cash (with some small bills) - Banks and ATMs may not be open or available for extended periods.
- Toys, Books and Games
- Important documents - in a waterproof container or watertight resalable plastic bag
- Insurance, medical records, bank account numbers, Social Security card, etc.
- Tools - keep a set with you during the storm.
- Vehicle fuel tanks filled
- Pet care items
- proper identification / immunization records / medications
- ample supply of food and water
- a carrier or cage
- muzzle and leash
ResourcesBuild your personalized family plan on the Florida Division of Emergency Management website.
Hillsborough County website:
- Shelter Locations and Evacuation Map
- Suggested Shopping List for a Hurricane Survival Kit
- When Severe Weather Threatens, Call 511 for FREE Real-Time Traffic & Travel Information in Tampa Bay!