hurricaneThe 2017 Atlantic hurricane season starts Thursday, June 1st and lasts through Nov. 30. 

Hurricanes are among nature’s most powerful natural disasters. With destructive flood waters and winds that could exceed 150 miles per hour, it only takes one storm to dramatically change the landscape of a community. The state of Florida has a long history of hurricanes and tropical storms making landfall. All Florida residents and visitors must ensure they have a plan in place to keep their families, loved ones, and property safe well before the next hurricane strikes. 

The Time to Prepare is NOW - What should you do to get ready for a hurricane? 

Once you understand hurricane risks and potential impacts, you should create a safety plan. This plan should be comprehensive and should identify all of the steps you need to take before, during, and after a disaster to ensure your family and property are safe. 

Know your zone. If you live in an evacuation zone, decide now where your family will evacuate, and which essential items you will need to safely do so. In many cases, you need only move a few miles inland to avoid the dangers of flooding and storm surge. 

What you should bring to an evacuation center 

Bedding • Infant and child care items such as formula, diapers, toys, etc. • Cash • Personal hygiene items • Comfort materials such as books, magazines, etc. • Prescription and over-the-counter medications • Drinking water • Snacks • Extra clothing • Special items for elderly or disabled family members. It’s strongly recommended to bring portable electronic devices— such as phones and tablets—fully charged as there are limited outlets at shelters. 

Are you a Special Needs Client? 

If you are - have you registered with Osceola County Emergency Management? 

If not Call 407-742-9000 to do so. 

The Council on Aging wants you to be safe during Hurricane Season.