It is important to know which hazards may affect your area
and to prepare accordingly. From riptides to hurricanes, make sure to educate
yourself to keep you and your family safe! For a list of hazards in Nassau County, click HERE.
Prepare A Go-Kit
- Being prepared means having the supplies you may need in case of an emergency or disaster. Make sure to prepare a Emergency Kit that can last you at least 3 days for an evacuation and 2 weeks if sheltering at home.
Basic Kit – This includes things like water (one gallon per
person, per day), non-perishable food, flashlights, and extra batteries. For a more comprehensive list, go to ready.gov/kit.
Make sure to bring supplies, like games, puzzles, or other activities for children.
Pet considerations – Don’t forget to pack supplies for your furry friend! They need food, water, sanitation supplies, and toys too!
- Mass Care Shelters – Sign up for alerts, visit our website, and follow our social media for open
shelter locations during an emergency.
Shelter in Place – If there is severe weather outside or
your local authorities have notified your area to shelter in place, lock your
doors, close windows, and go to an interior room.
Register for the the Special Medical and Transportation Needs Program. It is designed for those who:
- must seek refuge in an emergency public shelter during an evacuation, AND
- have special medical/functional needs OR require government transportation assistance to a public shelter.
Pet Sheltering – No registration is needed. All pets must have proof of vaccination and a Nassau County license, be properly crated or caged and be maintained by their owners. Animals will be housed in a separate room from their owners.
- Make an evacuation plan –
- Know your evacuation zone – See the map to the right to find your zone.
- Think about where you can go on short notice from various locations; school, work, home. Consider alternate routes in case roads are blocked.
- Have a family evacuation plan for major fires, hurricanes, and other disasters.
- Put your go-kit in easy-to-find place.
- Sign up for emergency alerts.
- If there is a situation where you will need to be evacuated, public officials will issue an evacuation order before the hazard arrives to ensure everyone is out of harm’s way.
- Notify your “out of the area” contact where you will be if you are evacuated.
- Follow public safety’s local and social media announcements, so you know when it is safe to return.