The 2015 Atlantic Hurricane season runs from June 1 – November 30. For additional information about severe weather in Florida, and to Get A Plan, visit FloridaDisaster.org and FLGetAPlan.com. Follow the SERT on social media on Twitter at @FLSERT and Facebook at www.Facebook.com/FloridaSERT.
Alachua County Emergency 352-264-6500
Marion County Emergency 352-622-3205
Gilchrist County Emergency 352-463-3198
Levy County Emergency 352-486-5213
Marion County Rumor Hotline: 369-7500
Ocala electric Utility: 351-6666
Progress Energy: 800-228-8485
Clay Electric: 888-434-9844
Marion County: Sandbag pick-up locations for the City of Ocala will be at the SW Corner of NE 8th Avenue and NE 14th Street and The E.D. Croskey Center located at 1510 NW 4th Street. Both locations will operate from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. daily. Sandbag locations within the county will be at the Marion County Sheriff’s Office North Multi-District office (8311 N Hwy 441, Ocala, FL 34479) and South Multi-District Office (3260 SE 80th Street, Ocala, FL 34480). Sandbags will be available 24 hours a day and will be on a self-serve basis. Please limit 10 bags per household at this time.
The proper time to prepare yourself and your family is now, prior to the announcement of a pending named storm. A little time spent on preparation can yield great results should there be a need to put an emergency plan into action. Please take a few minutes to review this information today.
When weather conditions warrant, local officials will provide information to the public through the media.
You should have a plan to shelter in place, as well as have an evacuation plan should it become necessary. Remember that power failures are common long before wind speeds approach hurricane strength. A battery operated radio is an excellent way to keep informed about current conditions. Any evacuations should be completed well in advance of severe weather. The local Emergency Management agency will advertise shelter locations when they are designated and opened, however these are to be used as a last resort. You may be more comfortable staying with friends or family in a safe area not in the storm’s path.
Prior to the storm:
Obtain non-perishable food items and bottled water. Have a battery operated radio and a flashlight. Keep a supply of extra batteries and a first aid kit. Trim trees and shrubs around your home. Identify a safe room in your home in case you are not asked to evacuate.
If a storm is pending:
Listen to media announcements. Have a pillow, bedding, personal hygiene items (toothbrush, soap, deodorant) ready to go in case of an evacuation order. Please remember to put garbage cans and outdoor furniture in a secure location. Fill your vehicle with gasoline, and keep a supply of cash on hand. Neither gas pumps nor automated teller machines will be functional during a power outage. Should there be a need, board up windows using plywood prior to arrival of the storm. Tape does not prevent glass from breaking. Do you have children? Remember that should you need to evacuate pack any special dietary needs or baby food, as well as a supply of diapers and toys. Is anyone in your family ill or disabled? If going to a shelter remember to bring all prescription and other medications; eyeglasses, hearing aids and prosthetic devices. Do you have pets? If you have to evacuate please arrange accommodations for your pet at a kennel. Animals will only be accepted at designated pet friendly shelters which may be a distance from your home. Bring a supply of pet food, along with proof of rabies vaccination and a labeled pet carrier. A favorite toy or blanket may help to alleviate stress on the animal.
At a minimum, have the basic supplies listed below. Keep supplies in an easy-to-carry emergency preparedness kit that you can use at home or take with you in case you must evacuate.
•Water—one gallon per person, per day (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
• Food—non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
• Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAAWeather Radio, if possible)
• First aid kit • Medications (7-day supply) and medical items
• Multipurpose tool
• Sanitation and personal hygiene items
• Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
• Cell phone with chargers
• Family and emergency contact information
• Extra cash
• Emergency blanket
• Map(s) of the area
Consider the needs of all family members and add supplies to your kit. Suggested items to help meet
additional needs are:
• Medical supplies (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, cane)
• Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
• Games and activities for children
• Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)
• Two-way radios
•Extra set of car keys and house keys
•Manual can opener
Please be safe and prepared this hurricane season!