Disaster Plan

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Disaster Supplies and Shopping List

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

Family Plans

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.

Business Plans

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.

Tools and Other Supplies

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.


Water should be stored in plastic containers. Store one gallon of water per person per day and plan on at least five days of need. Save your empty two-liter bottles during hurricane season to fill with water before a storm may hit. Fill bathtubs and sinks with water for sanitation use. Check them for leaks before the storm and if water is draining out, place plastic wrap over the drain. Washing machines can also be filled with water to use for washing hands. The most recommended water purification technique is boiling. Boil water for one full minute at a rolling boil then let it cool.


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