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 Family Disaster Plan

It’s important to have a disaster plan for your family. Make sure your family knows the plan in case of a disaster.
  • Locate a safe room or the safest areas in your home for each hurricane or weather related hazard.
  • Have an escape route from your home and designate places to meet.
  • Have an out-of-state friend as a single family contact.
  • Make plans now for your pets in case of evacuation.
  • Post emergency telephone numbers near your phones and make sure children know how and when to call 9-1-1.
  • Review your insurance coverage.
  • Stock up on non-perishable emergency supplies and have a disaster kit ready.
  • Use a NOAA weather radio.

 Preparedness Forms & Documents

expand Documents : Business Preparedness ‎(1)
expand Documents : Home and Family Preparedness ‎(2)
expand Documents : Hurricane Preparedness ‎(5)
expand Documents : Neighborhood Preparedness ‎(5)
expand Documents : People with Special Needs ‎(7)
expand Documents : Pet Preparedness ‎(4)
expand Documents : Seniors Preparedness ‎(1)
expand Documents : Volunteer Info ‎(1)

 Home All Hazard Kit

  • ​Axe (minimum 6 lbs.)
  • Broom
  • Cash (small denominations  & coins)
  • Cheesecloth (to strain particles from water before you treat it)
  • Chemicals for portable toilets
  • Clothing
  • Coil of wire
  • Coils of rope ¼”, ½”, 3/5” x 25’ or 50’
  • Compass
  • Crowbar or claw tool (L36” or longer)
  • Dry food
  • Fire extinguisher
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlight with extra batteries, or chemical light sticks
  • Hammer and nails
  • Insect/fly/mosquito and ant sprays
  • Local road map
  • Matches, in waterproof container
  • Plastic bags – zip lock type and heavy-duty garbage can size
  • Plastic garbage bags (heavy duty, 30-gal. Or larger)
  • Plastic sheeting rolls (4 mil 10” x 25”)
  • Powdered chlorine lime (proper storage is required, it is an oxidizer and it is corrosive)
  • Screwdrivers (Phillips and flat edge)
  • Shovel (flathead and pointed)
  • Sleeping bags, blankets
  • Small radio with extra batteries (battery-powered portable)
  • Standard telephone (not a cordless)
  • Tarp (PVC or canvas, minimum of three, each 8’ x 10’)
  • Tent (family or tube-type)
  • Toilet paper
  • Toilet supplies – wet wipes, bath soap, shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant, sanitary napkins
  • Walking shoes and socks
  • Work Gloves

Emergency Water Supply

  • Bottled water stored in a cool, dry place.
  • Minimum needed for drinking is two quarts per day for each person in the family. Three day supply, minimum.
  • Don’t forget that pets also will need water.
  • DO NOT drink water from swimming pools or spas.
    • You can use it for hygiene purposes, but drinking it could make you ill.

 Be Prepared


Staying safe during an emergency requires preparation. Follow these simple rules before an emergency to keep you and your family safe.



 Portable Generator Safety


​Portable generators are handy during power outages, but they can also be dangerous. Follow these simple rules to ensure safe operation. 



 Storm Debris Removal


Sarasota County requires a signed agreement from property owners to remove debris from a private road after a storm. 



 Emergency Food Supply Suggestions

The top ten long-lasting staples you should have in your emergency food supply:
  1. Pastas and rice
  2. Peanut Butter
  3. Canned fruits and vegetables
  4. Canned meat, fish and poultry
  5. Canned stew
  6. Powdered or canned milk
  7. Canned or dried beans (instant beans – just add water)
  8. Dry cereals
  9. Canned or dried fruits
  10. Canned all-purpose biscuits

 Helping Children Cope with Disaster

  • Children should not be left alone in an evacuation center.
  • Encourage children to talk.  
  • Include children in recovery activities.
  • Avoid inactivity and try to get back to a routine.
  • Reassure your child that you are safe and together.
  • Spend extra time with your child at bedtime
  • Allow your child to mourn or grieve over the lost toy, etc.

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