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Hurricane Preparedness, Response & Resources

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As Florida heads into the 2020 hurricane season June 1, Sunshine State residents are facing a new level of uncertainty: Never in modern history have Floridians had to consider how to plan for the disruption and danger of a hurricane while also juggling concerns about a pandemic.

AARP Florida is here to help with comprehensive preparation information, geared for Floridians age 50-plus. We have assembled information on how to prepare if you plan to shelter at home, how to prepare to evacuate, how to check your insurance policy, how to avoid fraud in repairing storm damage and a host of other topics.

Got additional tips on disaster preparation that has worked for you? Email flaarp@aarp.org or call 1-866-595-7678.

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Disaster in a Disaster: Planning for a Hurricane in the Pandemic. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, evacuation procedures need to change. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have issued new guidance on how to plan for a storm during a pandemic. Get them now.

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Download our Emergency Preparedness Checklist for Adults Age 50+ English | Spanish

Special Needs Shelters. First responders use the special-needs registry as a valuable reference when planning where to place special needs shelters in advance of hurricanes and other emergencies. They also use the registry to check on Floridians in the aftermath of a storm. Register yourself or a loved one now.

Remember to Plan For Fallen Trees. If a falling limb or tree smashes a fence or a deck, your insurance policy may not cover it. You may have to pay for tree removal services out of your own pocket – as well as repairs for the smashed property. Look at your policy now and other tips.

Storm Surge: Hurricanes’ Biggest Killer is Nothing to Take Lightly. AARP Florida urges any Floridian living near a waterway to plan for storm surge when a hurricane is approaching. Here's how to avoid the surge.

Generator Safety. Scores of thousands of Floridians now own backup power generators. Many generator purchasers may not yet be familiar with using them. Protect yourself from toxic fumes.

post-storm resources

Stop Scammers! Need property repairs after a storm? Download our check list to protect yourself from scams and price gouging. English | Spanish

Generator, Chainsaw Storage Tips to Ensure Usage After a Storm Hits. Before storing any gasoline-powered equipment, proper maintenance is key. That includes cleaning the equipment inside and out, removing or disconnecting the battery, changing the engine oil and – this is important – adding stabilizer to the fuel. Get all our tips.

Florida's Assignment of Benefits Law Updated to Better Protect Consumers. The rules have changed on how you can get your home repaired after a hurricane or other natural disaster by letting a contractor deal directly with your insurance company. Know your rights when hiring a contractor.

Coping With the Anxieties, Fears and Stresses of a Hurricane. It’s easy to be overwhelmed with fear, anxiety and dread as the storm goes closer or to witness the devastation after it's gone. Some tips how you can cope.

Natural Disasters Bring a Flood of Scams! Natural disasters often bring an influx of con artists ready to take advantage of suffering and confusion. Watch out for these three scams.

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Northwest Florida
Facebook:
Red Cross Panama City Florida
Red Cross of Northwest Florida
Capital Area Red Cross
NOAA National Hurricane Center
National Weather Service - Tallahassee
Twitter:
FEMA Region 4
National Weather Service - Tallahassee
Florida State Emergency Response Team
NOAA National Hurricane Center - Atlantic
National Weather Service
County-by-county list of emergency services:
Florida Division of Emergency Management
Preparedness:
Ready.Gov

Northeast Florida
Facebook:
Northeast Florida Chapter of the American Red Cross
National Weather Service - Jacksonville
Twitter:
FEMA Region 4
Duval County Emergency Management
Florida State Emergency Response Team
NOAA National Hurricane Center - Atlantic
National Weather Service - Jacksonville
National Weather Service
County-by-county list of emergency services:
Florida Division of Emergency Management
Preparedness:
Ready.Gov

Central/Southwest Florida
Facebook:
Red Cross of Central Florida
National Weather Service – Tampa Bay
National Weather Service – Melbourne
Twitter:
FEMA Region 4 Tampa Bay Red Cross
Florida State Emergency Response Team
National Weather Service – Tampa Bay
National Weather Service – Melbourne
NOAA National Hurricane Center - Atlantic
National Weather Service
Red Cross of Central Florida
County-by-county list of emergency services:
Florida Division of Emergency Management
Preparedness:
Ready.Gov

Southeast Florida
Facebook:
South Florida Red Cross
National Weather Service – Miami
National Weather Service – Key West
Twitter:
FEMA Region 4
Florida State Emergency Response Team
National Weather Service – Miami
National Weather Service – Key West
NOAA National Hurricane Center - Atlantic
National Weather Service
Red Cross of SW Florida
Red Cross of South Florida
County-by-county list of emergency services:
Florida Division of Emergency Management
Preparedness:
Ready.Gov

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