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Being prepared for an emergency isn't just about staying safe during a storm or a natural disaster.  It's about being aware of your risks from the potential hazards in our area, minimizing negative impacts, and staying healthy, fed, clean, and comfortable until things get back to normal.  That means:

  • having enough food, water, cash, and other supplies to last at least five days (possibly longer if you are in a remote or hard-to-reach area) 

  • communicating your disaster plans with loved ones

  • checking on the vulnerable people you care about before and after a disaster, and

  • having a continuity of operations plan for your business

Unfortunately, more than half of all adult Americans are not adequately prepared for a local disaster.  Florida residents should have a basic disaster supply kit on hand at all times (at home, work, and in the car), be familiar with local evacuation zones, and know what they will do if they need to leave the area or shelter-in-place during a dangerous incident.  Take time to tailor your emergency shelter plans and disaster supplies to your daily living needs and responsibilities. 

Scroll down this page for general preparedness tips and visit the Local Hazards pages of this website for hazard-specific risks and actions to consider.


Emergencies aren't always large disasters, they can happen where you live, work, or play; and family emergencies can happen in the wake of a disaster.  Get prepared now - recognize the signs of stroke or sudden cardiac arrest, and learn CPR and basic first aid so you can help save a life!  

Visit our Outreach and Training page to explore training opportunities, request a class, or schedule a preparedness presentation. has preparedness planning resources available for the Whole Community:

Don't think that everything has to be done at once!  There are low-cost and no-cost things you can do to get prepared for any hazard.

Click HERE for a Calendar of Preparedness Actions and use the tips to help get and stay prepared throughout the year.

Learn CPR

Any CPR is better than no CPR - Bystander Hands-Only CPR saves lives!

Think of it as Cardio-Cerebral Resuscitation - Helping the Heart Move Blood to the Brain to Keep it Alive.

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