Hurricane season in Florida runs from June 1 through November 30. Follow these three steps to preparedness:

  • Make a Kit – see checklist below.
  • Have a Plan – if you have to evacuate, where will you go?
  • Be Informed – if you need special care, understand your needs.

By planning ahead you can avoid waiting in long lines for critical supplies and move to safety if needed.

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  • Water – one gallon per person, per day (3 day supply for evacuation, 2 week supply for home)
  • Food – canned or dried foods that don’t need to be cooked (same supply as above) and disposable plates, utensils, and napkins
  • Flashlight with extra batteries and bulbs (do not use candles!)
  • Battery operated or hand-crank radio
  • First aid kit
  • Medications and medical items (at least a 7 day supply)
  • Multi-purpose tool (folds up pocket size)
  • Sanitations and personal hygiene items (toilet paper, garbage bags)
  • Copies of personal documents (medication list, pertinent medical information, deed/ lease to home, insurance policies, birth certificates) *Store in waterproof container
  • Cell phone with an extra battery and charger
  • Contact information for family and friends
  • Cash and coins (ATM’s may not be accessible)
  • Emergency blanket
  • Map of the local area
  • Whistle (to attract emergency personnel)
  • One change of clothing
  • Manual can opener
  • Pet supplies (food and vaccination records)
  • Extra set of keys (car, house, etc.)
  • One Senior Place Personal Planning Resource Guide


  • Flashlight with extra batteries and extra bulbs
  • Maps
  • First aid kit and manual
  • Tire repair kit and jumper cables
  • Flares
  • Bottled water
  • Non-perishable foods such as granola bars
  • Sunscreen SPF 15 or higher, shade item (umbrella, wide-brimmed hat, etc.)

Additional Resources:

One Senior Place

Seminole County Emergency Management

Brevard County Emergency Management

Orange County Emergency Management

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