Get a Plan!

September 05, 2017  
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Make a plan today. Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is important to know which types of disasters could affect your area.  Know how you’ll contact one another and reconnect if separated. Establish a family meeting place that’s familiar and easy to find.

Family Plan 

  • Consider that family members might be away from home, at work or in school.

  • Determine an evacuation route and a backup route in case of traffic. 

  • Create a family communication plan with an emergency contact list. 

  • Determine what you will do if separated. Use the FEMA app to record emergency meeting locations.

  • Create a disaster supply kit. 

  • Mobile home residents should have a safe shelter plan. 

  • Register those with special needs with the City of Jacksonville Emergency Preparedness Division. See Page 10. 

  • Have adequate and updated health insurance for your kids. Check for more information. 


Marine Preparation 

  • Check with the manufacturer for the proper way to secure your boat during a storm.

  • Purchase necessary hurricane materials such as additional mooring lines, crew anchors, fenders, fender boards, chafing gear, and anchors. 

  • Do not moor parallel to the shore. Receding tides often capsize boats in this type of anchorage.

  • Safe storm moorings should consist of rope in good condition sufficient diameter and length, with at least three or four substantial anchor points. 


Business Preparation

  • Identify and protect vital records. Backup and store key files offsite. 

  • Protect electronic equipment from possible water damage. 

  • Have extra cash and your checkbook in case extra money is needed after the storm.

  • Develop a 24-hour emergency contact list with phone numbers of key employees. 

  • Set up telephone numbers for employees to check in and receive company information. 

  • Establish a temporary location for business operations in case your facility is damaged. 

  • Give employees enough time to secure their homes and prepare their families. 


Pet Plan 

  • Create a pet preparedness kit with medications, medical records, leashes, current photos of pets, food, water, bowls, cat litter, manual can opener, pet bed, pet carrier, ID collar, and toys. 

  • Have a list of boarding facilities and vets who can shelter animals during an emergency.


Livestock Preparation 

  • Ensure all animals have some form of identification and evacuate animals whenever possible. 

  • Make available vehicles and trailers needed for transporting and supporting each type of animal along with experienced handlers and drivers.

  • Ensure destinations have food, water, veterinary care, and handling equipment. 

  • If evacuation is not possible, animal owners must decide whether to move large animals. 


Home Preparation 

  • Replace or repair broken or damaged fences.

  • Inspect the roof for loose tiles, shingles, or debris. 

  • Consider replacing old or damaged shingles with new ones rated for hurricane force winds. 

  • Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts and adjust downspouts so water drains away from the house. 

  • Reinforce garage doors and tracks or replace with a hurricane tested door. 

  • Reinforce double entry doors with heavy duty foot and dead bolts. 

  • Use a security dead bolt with a one inch minimum bolt length. 

  • If possible, install rated hurricane shutters and inspect existing shutters. Detailed instructions on boarding up windows can be found at: 

  • Prepare a detailed written and or photographic inventory of your home’s contents and store it in a safe place with your policy. 

  • Keep trees around your home trimmed well before a storm to prevent damage.