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Florida is anticipating an active 2021 Hurricane Season. The Atlantic Hurricane Season officially runs from June 1 through November 30. Experts are predicting approximately 17 named storms in 2021. As Floridians continue to navigate the pandemic, it’s important to know how to prepare yourself and your loved ones for a major hurricane.

AARP Florida can help your family get prepared. Below you will find hurricane resources including tips, checklists, video libraries and social media accounts to follow. AARP Florida will be continuously updating this webpage as Hurricane Season progresses, and you may also want to check our AARP Florida Facebook page, where we regularly post updated information.

Storm preparations: It’s long been standard practice for Floridians to prepare two kits as hurricane season begins – a “Stay Kit” so they are prepared if they choose to ride out a storm at home and a “Go Kit” if they need to evacuate in the face of a major storm. Make sure you include COVID-19 supplies such as alcohol-based sanitizing wipes, several cloth masks, a small bottle of bleach, and nitrile or latex rubber gloves in both kits.

Evacuation plans: For years, AARP Florida has encouraged Floridians to prepare by making evacuation plans ahead of a hurricane. Your plan should include several options for hotel accommodations. It’s best call ahead to ensure that you can find lodging if needed. Be prepared to protect yourself from COVID-19 when evacuating. Disinfect touch surfaces and wash or sanitize your hands often.

Sheltering at home or with friends or family: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have issued guidance, urging Americans to consider sheltering in place or evacuating to the homes of friends or family members outside the storm area. The CDC guidance recognizes that there is risk of spreading COVID-19 in a hurricane shelter. If you decide a shelter is the safest option in a major hurricane, you should observe social-distancing rules, wear a cloth face covering and frequently wash your hands.

Consider whether you need to use the Florida Special Needs Registry: 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. If you need to register, please go the website Florida Special Needs Registry, select your county of residence and follow the instructions to register. There is also important information and local resources you may want to review as you register. If your loved one is living with dementia or is otherwise unable to register, you can register them as their caregiver. Regardless of where you live in Florida, you only need to register once.

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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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