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IMPORTANT LINKS

HAVE A DISASTER PLAN

  • Know Your Risk
    • Are you in a Hurricane Evacuation Zone?
    • Do you know what zone you're in?
  • Make a Disaster Kit
    • Gather Supplies and essential documents (Drivers License/ID, Cash & Credit/Debit cards, medical records, insurance documents, banking information, copies of wills/titles/passports).
    • Consider making an inventory of your household with a video device)
  • Keep Your Contact Information Up-To-Date
    • Personal Contacts: Family, Friends
    • Household Contacts: Banking, Insurance and Medical contacts.
  • Think Ahead About Evacuation
    • Determine if and when to evacuate
    • Where will you go and how will you get there.
  • Do You Have A Special Need?
    • Consider disabilities or special medical needs that may require additional time, energy or resources to safely evacuate.
  • Don’t forget about your pets!
    • Pets entering a shelter with you are required to be current on all vaccinations and wearing proper identifying tag and rabies tag. Also, don’t forget an appropriately sized crate/carrier, food, collars, medications, toys and cleaning supplies/litter for your pet.
    • A current picture of you and your pet is also suggested.
    • There are two pet friendly shelters in the county, one in the north at Timberland Creek Elementary School (555 Pine Tree Lane, 32092) and one in the south at South Woods Elementary School (4750 SR-206 West, 32033).

TROPICAL STORM / HURRICANE TERMINOLOGY

  • Tropical Storm Watch
    • Tropical storm conditions (sustained winds of 39-73mph) are possible in the specified area within 48 hours.
  • Tropical Storm Warning
    • Tropical storm conditions (sustained winds of 39-73mph) are expected somewhere in the specified area within 36 hours.
  • Hurricane Watch
    • Hurricane conditions (sustained winds or 74mph or higher) are possible within the specified area within 48 hours.
  • Hurricane Warning
    • Hurricane conditions (sustained winds or 74mph or higher) are expected within the specified area within 36 hours.
  • Freshwater Flooding
    • Flood water from heavy and excessive rain can rise quickly making roads impassable. The National Weather Service recommends that if you see a flooded roadway, “Turn Around, Don’t Drown,” meaning that you should find an alternate route.
  • Storm Surge
    • Ocean water that is pushed toward the shore by the force of the winds swirling around a hurricane or tropical storm. This storm surge can infiltrate inland bays and waterways as well.

HURRICANE WIND SCALE (THE SAFFIR-SIMPSON SCALE)

  • CATEGORY 1 – Sustained Winds of 74-95 mph
    • Very Dangerous winds will produce some damage; power outages are likely and could last a few to several days.
  • CATEGORY 2 – Sustained Winds of 96-110 mph
    • Extremely Dangerous winds will cause extensive damage; near-total power loss is expected and could last several days to weeks.
  • CATEGORY 3 – Sustained Winds of 111-129 mph (Hurricane Sandy)
    • Devastating Damage will occur; electricity will be unavailable for several days to weeks after the storm passes.
  • CATEGORY 4 – Sustained Winds of 130-156 mph (Hurricane Joaquin)
    • Catastrophic Damage will occur; power outages will last weeks to possibly months; most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months as well.
  • CATEGORY 5 – Sustained Winds of 157 mph or greater (Hurricane Katrina)
    • Catastrophic Damage will occur; a high percentage of framed homes will be destroyed; power outages will last weeks to possibly months; most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months as well.