Five Things to do Now Before a Disaster
1. Refer to the hurricane evacuation zones and maps online at www.santarosa.fl.gov/KnowYourZone. Determine if and when you would have to evacuate. Remember: All mobile home residents are advised to evacuate, regardless of location. If you need help determining your zone, contact Santa Rosa County Emergency Management BEFORE A STORM THREATENS at 850-983-5360.
2. Decide NOW where you would go if ordered to evacuate - a friend or relative's home, a hotel, or as a last resort, a public shelter. REMEMBER, if you are going to leave the area or go to a hotel, don't delay. Determine your route, leave early and travel the shortest distance possible. Think tens of miles, not hundreds.
3. Purchase a battery-powered NOAA weather radio and, if you have a landline, be sure to have a non-electric phone. Even though phone service may not be disturbed, a cordless phone will not work during power outages. Also be sure you have a car charger or portable battery charger for your cell phone and mobile devices. If there is a power outage, you will not be able to charge your phone or tablet inside your home.
4. Make sure your street address number is clearly marked on your home.
5. Whether you rent or own your home, review your insurance policies with your agent now. You may wish to take photos or videos of your belongings at the beginning of each hurricane season.
Disaster Planning for Special Needs
In a disaster, people with special medical needs have extra concerns. Take the following steps if you or your family members have special medical needs:
Preparing your Medication
For those with special needs or are considered vulnerable, Santa Rosa County has a special needs shelter. Santa Rosa County offers transportation to a shelter in the event of an evacuation. Registration is required prior to any disaster. To register:
What to Bring to a Shelter
Santa Rosa County also offers a welfare check for those that request one in the event of a disaster. Emergency Management staff is available to conduct public speaking engagements on safety and preparedness when requested.
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