Are You Prepared?

As Floridians, we are not strangers to the terrible power and ravages of hurricanes and tropical storms. Hurricane season runs from June 1st through November 30th.   Do you have a disaster preparedness plan in place? If not, information and tips for building a plan are available at the below websites. 

  1. Know your home! Click here for steps homeowners can take to minimize hurricane damage. 
  2. Know your evacuation zone!
  3. Make a plan. Click on the below images for tips and instructons on building a plan for your family or business. 

Visit https://floridadisaster.org/planprepare        Visit https://www.ready.gov/

Follow the National Weather Service's (NWS) watches and warnings. You can find more information about these risks on ready.gov/hurricanes

Websites such as FL511.com provide live traffic updates and safe evacuation routes during storms. It’s also important to keep a list of contact information for reference, including loved ones, local utilities, local hospitals, TV and radio stations, and insurance agents.

Make sure you have an Emergency Supplies Kit as well.

A disaster supplies kit is a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency. Click here for a checklist of basic supplies your emergency kit should include.

Please assemble your kit well in advance of an emergency! You may have to evacuate at a moment’s notice and take essentials with you. In these instances, you will probably not have time to search for the supplies you need or shop for them.

You may need to survive on your own after an emergency.  Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster but they cannot reach everyone immediately. You could get help in hours or it might take days.

Additionally, basic services such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment and telephones may be cut off for days or even a week, or longer. Your supplies kit should contain items to help you manage during these outages. State officials and experts recommend having food, water and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for up to 7 days.

Stay Informed of Local Weather and Disaster Advisories

I will also keep constituents informed of disaster assistance efforts in Central Florida through social media and my weekly e-newsletter the Webster Wire.  Be sure to also follow up-to-date advisories on storms through local emergency management centers listed below. Download this information sheet of contact numbers, addresses, and links to key federal, state and local offices.

Preparedness, Response and COVID-19

State and local officials have been ajdusting their disaster preparedness and response plans given COVID-19.  Under Governor Desantis' direction, Florida Division of Emergency Management has secured Personal Protective Equipment and additional generators for use in a disaster. As of June 8, they had 

  • 10 million masks for shelters,
  • 12 million N95 masks ordered through agreement with Honeywell, and
  • 50 generators – the most Florida has ever owned.
Updated guidance has been provided to county emergency managers and updated plans for shelters that will allow for social distancing and smaller groups are underway.

Local Emergency Management Resources

Citrus County Emergency Management Center

3549 Saunders Way

Lecanto, FL 34461

352-527-2106 and 352-746-5470

 

Hernando County Emergency Management Center

18900 Cortez Blvd.

Brooksville, FL 34601

352-754-4083

 

Lake County Emergency Management Center

425 W. Alfred St.

Tavares, FL 32778

352-343-9420

 

Marion County Emergency Management Center

692 NW 30th Ave

Ocala, FL 34475

352-369-8100

 

Sumter County Emergency Management Center

7375 Powell Road

Wildwood, FL 34785 

352-689-4400