Johns County emergency management and health officials want residents to have a storm plan

Johns County Emergency Management and St. The Florida Department of Health in Johns County monitors Tropical Depression 9.

Both emergency management and health officials want to remind the community to make emergency preparedness plans.

“Having a plan is critically important. “Even if this storm takes our community away, it’s always a good idea to stay prepared during hurricane season,” said St. Johns County Director of Emergency Management Joe Giammanco.

DOH-St. “It’s never too early to prepare yourself, your family, your property, and your business for emergencies involving severe weather,” said Johns Medical Officer Shane Lockwood, MPH.

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Officials at St. Johns County recommends that residents prepare or update individual and family contingency plans, restock hurricane supplies at home, and approve registration for evacuation assistance or shelter should the need arise in an emergency, such as a hurricane.

Officials offered these tips to aid preparedness efforts.

  • Plan a hurricane: The most important way to deal with a disaster is to have a plan. After an emergency or disaster, you may lose access to basic services such as electricity and water, and you may have limited or no access to basic needs such as food and water. The Florida Department of Emergency Management has Get a Plan, an interactive online tool to help families and businesses be prepared!
  • Identify risks to your home and property: Update your contingency plans and supplies before a storm threatens Florida. It is important to be prepared before and after the storm.
  • Know your evacuation area: Develop an emergency evacuation plan and review it carefully with your family and children. Remember to include your pets in your evacuation plans.
  • Keep gas tanks at least half full: Residents are advised to keep their vehicles’ gas tanks at least half full during hurricane season to ensure they have enough fuel to evacuate as soon as possible without worrying about long queues at gas stations and to avoid gas shortages before a storm. For more information, visit www.FloridaDisaster.org/HalfwayFull.
  • Be informed and stay connected: Identify your reliable sources of information for any severe weather event. Reliable and timely information is critical to take appropriate action in an emergency.

  • Make a disaster supply kit: The State Department of Emergency Management recommends that you have a well-stocked emergency preparedness kit to last you and your family at least seven days. Each individual or family disaster supply set differs according to individual needs. The following is a list of key items to include:
  1. Water (at least one gallon per person per day for five to seven days)

  2. Non-perishable packaged or canned foods (enough to last at least five to seven days)

  3. Necessary drugs in prescription bottles (enough for two weeks)

  4. first aid kit

  5. Extra battery flashlights

  6. weather band radio

  7. Lanterns, candles and matches

  8. fuel and propane

  9. Pet care products (including pet medications)

  10. Other vital documents (stored in a waterproof container)

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For information on evacuation routes, evacuation assistance, and hurricane shelter locations in Johns County, visit the county’s Emergency Management website at www.SJCEmergencyManagement.com or call 904-824-5550.

The State Department of Health also provides valuable information to aid emergency planning at www.FloridaHealth.gov/Programs-and-Services/Emergency-Preparedness-and-Response/Prepare-Yourself.

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