November 10, 2015
Tallahassee, Fla.—The Florida Department of Health reminds Florida residents and visitors about the importance of having a family emergency plan and supply kit ready during any time of the year. Although Nov. 30 will mark the official end of hurricane season, Floridians should continue to be prepared for the unexpected. Now is the perfect time to restock your emergency supplies and review preparedness plans with family and friends, or create them if you haven’t done so already.
September 15, 2015
Tallahassee, Fla.—Whether you’re new to Florida or a long-time resident of the Sunshine State, it is important to be prepared for any emergency. National Preparedness Month is the perfect opportunity to check and make sure your family has an emergency supply kit to get you through at least the first 72 hours. Knowing what to do, where to go and what to have on hand for potential emergencies is an important part of living in Florida.
September 01, 2015
Tallahassee, Fla.—Throughout September, the Florida Department of Health is participating in National Preparedness Month by encouraging Floridians to take action and make a plan to ensure their families, homes and businesses are prepared when natural disasters or other emergencies occur.
TALLAHASSEE—Summer time in Florida brings the potential for high temperatures and hazardous storms, which sometimes leads to power outages that last from a few hours to several days. The Florida Department of Health encourages all Floridians and visitors to have an emergency plan and supply kit ready to keep your family healthy and safe.
June 26, 2015
TALLAHASSEE—The summer months are here and for many Floridians this means spending time outdoors enjoying the weather. Summer can also mean spontaneous showers, which can be severe with heavy rains and lightning. The Florida Department of Health encourages everyone to remain vigilant of severe weather.
TALLAHASSEE—The 2015 hurricane season is in full swing with Floridians preparing for any storm or emergency that may occur. The Florida Department of Health and response partners are preparing as well and invite state and local emergency managers, health care preparedness planners, hospital emergency managers, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) agencies, fire departments, medical and nursing students, and residents and visitors from the Big Bend area to see and learn more about Florida's State Medical Response System Field Capabilities Showcase.
June 01, 2015
HIALEAH, Fla.—Today, Governor Rick Scott visited the Jose F. Caragol Jr. Emergency Operations Center where he was joined by state and local emergency management officials to mark the beginning of the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season. The season, which extends from June 1 through November 30, represents the period when hurricanes are most likely to form in the Atlantic Ocean. Last year, Governor Scott's budget included $750,000 for the new emergency operations center, which will help the surrounding area be better prepared for disasters.
May 08, 2015
TALLAHASSEE—The Florida Department of Health is encouraging Floridians to keep health in mind when preparing for the 2015 hurricane season and other emergencies through the Healthy Emergency Food project.
April 30, 2015
TALLAHASSEE—Today, April 30, is National PrepareAthon! Day. It’s a chance to increase community preparedness and resilience in every state across the U.S. The Florida Department of Health wants to take this day to remind you to get a plan in place and put together your emergency supply kits now, before an emergency arises.
February 03, 2015
TALLAHASSEE—The Florida Department of Health urges all Floridians to review emergency plans and restock preparedness supplies during Florida's Severe Weather Awareness Week, February 2–6, 2015. Simple precautions can help residents and visitors stay healthy and safe when weather-related hazards impact areas of the state.
January 13, 2015
TALLAHASSEE—The Florida Department of Health today announced four additional counties have received national Project Public Health Ready (PPHR) recognition from the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), for meeting rigorous national standards of public health preparedness. This news brings the total number of Florida counties that have received this highest preparedness honor to 59. Only 400 local health departments in 27 states have met national PPHR standards.
November 14, 2014
Although November 30 will mark the end of hurricane season, Floridians should continue to be prepared for the unexpected. The arrival of Winter Storm Leon last January is a strong reminder to everyone across the state how important it is to have a preparedness plan and kit ready, regardless of the time of year. Now is the perfect time to restock your emergency supplies and review preparedness plans, or create them if you haven’t already, before the coming new year.
September 30, 2014
Food safety during an emergency is critical to maintaining your wellbeing and finding creative ways to feed a family if refrigeration and electricity are unavailable can be an issue. It’s good to know there are plenty of healthy choices to include as part of your family’s emergency plan.
September 25, 2014
We all know the importance of having an emergency plan and kit in place at home for natural and other types of disasters, yet what about an emergency supply kit for your car?
September 25, 2014
When dealing with disasters it’s not a matter of if, but when, one will occur. During September’s National Preparedness month take the time to prepare and ensure your family is ready if an unexpected emergency happens. Being prepared for when disaster strikes minimizes the impact on you and your family, the community and local businesses.
September 18, 2014
When disaster strikes communities in America, whether natural or man-made, we all feel the impact. Concern for safety, health and property weigh on our minds. How can anyone prepare for the possibility of these different hazards? Taking practical, proven steps now will help you to be ready, even when emergencies happen beyond your control.
Floridians know being prepared for hurricane season—having an emergency plan and supply kit—are essential for weathering the storm. Yet what if you have to seek shelter away from your home? Evacuations can be especially difficult for residents and visitors who have functional and access needs, special medical needs or are otherwise vulnerable during an emergency.
TALLAHASSEE—The Florida Department of Health urges all residents and visitors to take action during National Preparedness Month to make sure their families, homes and businesses are prepared and stay healthy and safe when natural disasters or other emergencies occur.
It’s summertime in Florida, and when strong storms or extreme weather rolls in, Floridians know this can mean a possible power outage. A good flashlight is only one of the necessary items to have on hand when the lights go out.
Hurricanes, severe weather and other emergencies can develop rapidly, especially here in Florida, and it’s important to stay “in the know” to ensure your health and safety. Below are 10 suggested ways to stay informed before, during and after an emergency (listed in alphabetical order):
TALLAHASSEE—Hurricane Season begins June 1 and lasts until November 30. The Florida Department of Health encourages Floridians and visitors to keep their health concerns in mind as they prepare to have a healthy and safe season.
December 04, 2013
TALLAHASSEE—The 2013 National Health Security Preparedness Index (NHSPI) was released today, providing Florida and other states a current snapshot of health security preparedness. The Index indicates Florida is ready across a wide spectrum of areas including health surveillance, community planning, communications and overall preparedness.
Hurricanes and other disasters can develop rapidly, especially in Florida, and it’s important to stay “in the know” to ensure your health and safety. Below are 10 suggested ways to stay informed before, during and after an emergency (listed in alphabetical order):
September 19, 2013
The height of hurricane season in Florida is here, and now is the perfect time to ensure your emergency supply kit includes the items necessary to meet all of your family’s medical needs. During an emergency, the medicines and devices you depend on daily will be crucial to your health and safety. With a few simple steps, you can be sure your most important medical needs are met during an emergency.
September 12, 2013
TALLAHASSEE—During the height of hurricane season, the Florida Department of Health (DOH) encourages residents throughout the state to stay healthy and be prepared for hurricanes and other hazards by offering the new Emergency Preparedness Guide. Now, more than ever, it is important to consider health-related needs before an emergency or disaster.
September 03, 2013
Now that Florida is moving into the height of hurricane season, this is the perfect time to: Be Prepared. Make a Plan. Stay Informed. September 1st marked the beginning of the ninth annual National Preparedness Month, hosted by the Ready Campaign and Citizen Corps. This month is about encouraging households, businesses and communities across the nation to prepare and plan for emergencies.
August 22, 2013
It’s August, mid-hurricane season, and now is the perfect time to give your emergency supply kit a check-up. You and your family rely on your emergency supply kit to have the critical items you need to stay healthy and safe during a disaster, so it is important to make sure all your supplies are still up to date. If you used some of your kit’s supplies during Tropical Storm Andrea or other emergencies, this is great opportunity to replace them. Follow these helpful tips to ensure your emergency supply kit sustains you and your family throughout the remainder of hurricane season and beyond.
August 21, 2013
Emergencies can happen suddenly and at any time. While living through a natural disaster such as a hurricane or a manmade event such as 9-11 can be frightening for adults, it can be even more scary and overwhelming for young children and teens. Young children can become very anxious and confused while adolescents may experience a cascade of emotions and uncertainty. Often they experience great and lasting impacts, so it’s important to give support and guidance quickly to help reduce their fears.
July 10, 2013
Pets are an important part of your family and your daily lives, but don’t forget to also think of them while preparing for potential emergencies. Pets’ basic needs and safe accommodations should be included as part of your family’s emergency plan, whether you stay at home or evacuate to another location. For instance, while making your emergency supply kit, be sure to have items such as a leash, muzzle, food, water, identification tags, veterinary records, medications, and a carrier or cage, made specifically for your four-legged friends.
May 31, 2013
TALLAHASSEE—The Florida Department of Health (DOH) reminds residents to consider important health matters while preparing for hurricane season. Beginning June 1, Floridians should begin stocking supplies and creating an emergency plan in preparation.