Florida Department of Health in Volusia County Advises Residents to Have Emergency Plans
August 28, 2015
Volusia County - The Florida Department of Health in Volusia County (DOH-Volusia) urges residents to prepare and get a plan in place in the event that a hurricane or severe weather affects the area. Now is the time for residents to take a few simple safety steps to keep their families prepared and safe during a severe weather emergency.
“This is the time to remind our residents to be prepared and have an emergency plan in place to safeguard their families.” said Ron Rondeau, interim administrator of the Florida Department of Health in Volusia County. “Make sure the entire family is prepared and informed in the event of a disaster or emergency.”
Emergency Management officials urge residents to prepare an emergency supply kit and family communication plan.
Put together a basic emergency supply kit which should include the following recommended items:
Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, drinking and sanitation
Food, at least three-day supply of non-perishable food
Pet food and extra water for your pet
Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
Flashlight and extra batteries
First Aid Kit
Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
Prescription medications and glasses
Oxygen (O2) for those who are oxygen dependent.
Infant formula and diapers
Cash or traveler's checks and change
Develop and document plans for your specific risks
Protect yourself and family with a Family Emergency Plan
Be sure to plan for locations away from home
Business owners and site locations should create plans
Make sure schools and daycares have School Emergency Plans
Pet owners should have plans to care for their animals. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offer information on animal health impacts in evacuation shelters.
Prepare your boat and be aware of marine safety
Keep a list of contact information for reference
Local Emergency Management Office
County Law Enforcement, County Public Safety Fire/Rescue
State, County and City/Town Government Offices
Local Hospitals and Local Utilities
Local American Red Cross
Local TV Stations and Local Radio Stations
Residents should become aware of the locations of their closest county emergency shelters.
For further information please visit www.volusiahealth.gov, www.volusia.org or www.floridadisasters.org.
About the Florida Department of Health
The department works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts.
Follow us on Twitter at @HealthyFla and on Facebook. For more information about the Florida Department of Health please visit www.FloridaHealth.gov.