The month of June marks the start of hurricane season. Hurricanes can be extremely dangerous and disruptive to the community. Alachua County Fire Rescue (ACFR) would like to remind everyone to be prepared and stay alert in case of a hurricane.
To prepare for a hurricane, make an emergency plan that includes where you and your family will go in case of an evacuation. Know your evacuation zone and learn the route you will need to take. Review and create copies of personal and financial documents to keep on hand.
Gather essential supplies such as water, food, medication, a cell phone charger, and a backup battery (if applicable). Prepare your home by bringing in outside furniture and by considering hurricane shutters. For more important hurricane preparation information, visit Ready.gov.
Those with special needs can sign up for the Special Needs Program. People who have a certain physical or medical condition or limitation and need daily assistance from a provider for personal care or need medication administration or treatment for stable conditions are qualifications for admission into a special needs shelter. More detailed information about the program can be found at SpecialNeeds.AlachuaCounty.us.
“Residents and visitors of Alachua County need to take a small amount of time now to make sure that they are prepared and ready for whatever may come our way,” said Jen Grice, Alachua County’s Emergency Management Director. “From natural to man-made events, year-round, personal and family preparedness is key. Knowing where to get true, timely, and trusted information can significantly increase your ability to keep you, your family, and your community safe and informed.”
Visit AlachuaCountyReady.com to stay up to date with the latest information during significant incidents in the county. Text “ALACHUA” to 888777 for real-time county updates during a large-scale emergency.