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Hurricane Preparedness




Why do I need to be prepared?hurricane photo

Following the hurricanes of 2004 and 2005, the Florida Departments of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Health (DOH) established guidelines for the issuance of precautionary boil water notices in the event of specific emergencies.  The widespread hurricane power outages during that time period revealed that protocols for implementing these guidelines need to be clarified for public water systems (PWS) to enhance communication and coordination between the impacted water system, your customers, the county health department, and the DEP District Office.  Effective communication between entities and consistency of application for these guidelines is critical for public health protection during emergencies. 

Issuance of Precautionary Boil Water Notices (PBWN) during Hurricanes, Tropical Storms, or Other Unforeseen Emergencies

DACS, DBPR and DoH Bulletin- Boil Water Notice Guidelines for Florida's Food Industry

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When storms or other natural disasters are predicted to have an impact on the state of Florida, the "Storm Tracker" website is activated for the affected areas.  This website allows individual water system owners to update and inform Department staff of your system's status before, during, and after an event. 

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Drinking Water Contacts:   Compliance Assurance and Permitting Contacts

Central District

Drinking Water Section

3319 Maguire Blvd., Suite 232

Orlando, Florida 32803-3767


All Purpose Fax: 850-412-0467

Dedicated MOR Fax: 850-412-0740

Incident Reporting and Chemical/Bacteriological Reporting Fax: 850-412-0482


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Last updated: February 20, 2015

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