Emergency Preparedness
Satellite image of a huricane over the Gulf of Mexico.

Response and Recovery

If disaster strikes....
Stay calm.
Check the area around you for safety.

  • Stay away from downed power lines.
  • Have injuries treated by a medical professional.
  • Listen to your battery-powered radio for news and instructions.
  • Evacuate, if advised to do so. Return only when local authorities advise that it is safe.
  • Use flashlights. Do not light matches or turn on electrical switches if you think there may be damage to your home.
  • Call/text your family contacts.
  • Check on your neighbors, especially elders or individuals with disabilities.
  • Put your pets in a safe place. They will be confused and scared and it may be dangerous.
  • Check your home for fire and other household hazards. Check (smell) for gas leaks. If you smell gas or suspect a gas leak, turn off the main gas valve, open windows, and get everyone outside quickly.
  • Watch but limit your time in front of the television. Constant exposure to crisis or disaster pictures, news and information can cause serious emotional issues.

All emergency information for Hurricane Ian can be found at FloridaDisaster.org.