REVERSE 911 ® is a high speed telephone notification system used to call homes and businesses to alert them during a variety of emergencies. Using a mapping system, REVERSE 911 ® can call a section of the county that may be affected by an incident occurring in their area. A recorded message provides the listener with information about the emergency and recommended steps to protect their family from harm. The system recognizes answering machines and will leave a message.
If you plan to stay at home during a hurricane, you should have the following items on hand. It is a good idea to get these items at the beginning of hurricane season because as a storm approaches, stores become very busy and stock is depleted quickly. Use the 11-week shopping list to help you gather your supplies.
WEEK 1 - FOOD (per person)
__ 3 gallons water
__ Sandwich bread
__ 3 boxes quick energy snacks
__ 2 cans ready-to-eat soup
__ 1 box each crackers
__ 1 box cereal
__ 3 cans fruit
In a major disaster, emergency workers may not be able to reach everyone immediately and in some cases it may take multiple days for help to arrive. What would you do if you were without electricity, no gas, no water and no telephone service? Having a plan for your family and their needs will help ensure their safety and comfort during these difficult times. For more information, visit FloridaDisaster.org.
Almost 40 percent of small businesses that close due to a event never reopen. What would you do if your business was damaged or destroyed in a disaster? Where would you go to continue providing your customers with your business services? Would you be prepared and have the correct resources, databases, contact information and other necessary items to adapt to these changes? Having a disaster plan that identifies these important items will help ensure your business is prepared to survive during unexpected and difficult times. For more information, visit FloridaDisaster.org.
You should have a basic tool kit with items you feel are necessary to make temporary repairs after the storm. Basics include: plastic sheeting, paper plates and plastic utensils, flashlights and a battery operated radio with plenty of spare batteries (or better yet a hand-crank radio), non-electric can opener, fire extinguisher, tent, matches, aluminum foil, plastic storage containers, plastic garbage bags and a small shovel. A corded phone (cordless phones require electricity) will help if you have phone lines but no power.