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This week marks the peak of the Atlantic hurricane season

September 08, 2018  
Geocolor Image of Hurricane Irma captured by NOAA's GOES-16 Satellite

While residents are always encouraged to know their evacuation zones, review their disaster preparedness plans, and check their emergency supply kits, this is a critical time to ensure you are prepared for disasters.

Know your Evacuation Zone
Follow this link to search your evacuation zone by address. 

If you have downloaded the JaxReady app, you can use location services to determine your evacuation zone on the go.

Download the JaxReady app at this link. 


Make a Plan

Hold a meeting with your family to discuss what you will do in an emergency. Practice your plan with your family. You should address the following in your Family Emergency Plan:
 
KNOW YOUR EVACUATION ZONE and establish an evacuation route.
KNOW WHERE YOU WILL MEET if you are separated and where you will stay if you must evacuate.
PICK AN OUT-OF-TOWN CONTACT family members can call to check-in and receive statuses.
PLAN FOR YOUR ENTIRE HOUSEHOLD including children, pets, and individuals needing additional  assistance.
 
Build an Emergency Supply Kit
 Being prepared means having your own food, water, and other essential supplies to last for at least three days. To assemble a supply kit, store items in airtight plastic bags and put your entire supply kit into one or two easy-to-carry containers.
 
Basic Emergency Supply Kit items
  • Water (one gallon per person, per day for at least three days)
  • Non-perishable food
  • Manual can opener
  • Radio (battery-operated or hand crank and a NOAA Weather Radio)
  • Flashlight (battery-operated or hand crank)
  • Extra batteries 
  • First aid kit
  • Cell phone (charger, portable charger and inverter)
  • Prescription medications
  • Eyeglasses/contacts
  • Sanitation items (moist wipes, garbage bags, and plastic ties)
  • Important documents (identification, insurance policies, and account records saved electronically or in a waterproof, portable container)
  • Important telephone numbers
 
Additional Emergency Supplies
Consider adding the following items to your emergency supply kit based on your individual needs:
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Infant needs (formula, food and diapers)
  • Non-prescription medications
  • Matches or firestarter
  • Cash or traveler’s checks
  • Whistle
  • Local and regional  maps
  • Clothing (complete change of clothes appropriate for the weather)
  • Sturdy shoes
  • Sleeping bags and extra blankets
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Multi-purpose tool
  • Two-way radios
  • Activities (books, games, and puzzles)
  • Mess kit (paper towels and plates, and plastic cups and utensils)
 
Emergency Pet Supply Kit
  • Food and water
  • Food and water bowls 
  • Medications
  • Vaccination and registration records
  • Collar or harness with ID tag, rabies tag and leash
  • Plastic bags for pet waste
  • Cat litter and litter tray
  • Paper towels and disinfectant
  • Current photo of you and your pet(s)
  • Comfort items (toys, treats, and bedding)
 
Maintaining Your Kit
FOOD STORAGE: Store canned food in a cool, dry place and boxed food in plastic or metal containers. 
CHECK AND REPLACE: Regularly check the date on items in your kit, such as food, medications, and batteries, and replace expired items as needed.
UPDATE: Re-think your needs every year and update your kit as your family’s needs change.

Stay informed! To learn more:

Review the City of Jacksonville Emergency Preparedness Guide at this link. 

Monitor the local National Weather Service office for weather updates here. 

Keep an eye on the Atlantic tropical outlook provided by the National Hurricane Center here.

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