FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 7, 2005
CONTACT: Lindsay Hodges (850) 245-4111
**HURRICANE DENNIS INFORMATION SHEET **
Making a Family Plan for Disasters & Emergencies
TALLAHASSEE – In the event of a hurricane, the
Florida Department of Health (DOH) recommends families
to establish a disaster or emergency plan.
- Identify potential threats in your community,
such as the location of flood prone areas, power
plants and hazardous chemicals.
- Discuss how natural and man-made threats could
affect your family.
- Evaluate your property’s vulnerability to
hazards, such as storm surge, flooding and
- Check your insurance coverage.
- Identify the safest areas of your home for
each threat. In many circumstances, the safest area
may not be your home but elsewhere in your
community. During times of evacuation, you will be
given instructions on evacuation routes.
- Specify escape routes from your home and
places to meet (rally points), such as a neighbor’s
home, a school or a public location. Make a plan
for evacuating the area if required.
- Designate an out-of-area contact—friend or
family member—so that each of your immediate family
members has the same single point of contact. Plan
to have at least two means of communication, (e.g.,
e-mail, phone and cell phone).
- Make a plan for your pets should you need to
evacuate. Most shelters will accept service animals.
- Have your family emergency information
accessible, including important family documents
such as prescriptions and insurance information.
- Post emergency telephone numbers by your
phones and make sure your children know how and when
to call 911. Make sure any cell phones are fully
- Assemble and maintain a disaster supply kit. A
battery-powered weather radio equipped with a
special alarm tone feature is a vital tool. During
an emergency, National Weather Service forecasters
will interrupt routine weather radio programming and
send out the special tone that activates weather
radios in the listening area.
MONITOR & ACT
- When a disaster occurs, listen to news sources
for information and instructions.
- Evacuate or seek medical attention quickly if
instructed by authorities. If you can not obtain
information, determine as best you can if you are in
a danger area.
- Whether you stay or evacuate, don’t panic.
Follow your family plan.
For further information, please contact your local
county health department or visit
The Florida Emergency Information Line:
Public Information Emergency Support Function:
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