TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – June 2, 2014 – The 2014 Hurricane Season began yesterday and runs for the next six months – until Nov. 30.
“Now is the time to prepare your family for Hurricane Season,” says Florida Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong. “Prior to a disaster, create an emergency plan for your family and pets, identify locations of special needs shelters and prepare an emergency supply kit with first aid, healthy meals and water.”
Recently Governor Rick Scott signed House Bill 5601 that creates a nine-day sales tax holiday for hurricane supplies, which started Saturday and runs through Sunday, June 8. Floridians will be able to purchase items such as flashlights, batteries, weather radios and other essential items.
An emergency supply kit should include healthy, nonperishable foods and supplies that meet a family’s and pet’s health and medical needs.
Under a federally declared emergency, residents can get an extra 30-day prescription supply with no price increase, even for recently filled prescriptions. Talk with a health care provider and pharmacist about emergency medication supplies.
Other items to include in an emergency supply kit
- Water – at least one gallon per person, per day, for a minimum of three days
- Healthy foods like canned vegetables, fruits and nuts. Store at least a three-day supply of foods that require no refrigeration, preparation or cooking, and little or no water
- Prescription medications and equipment/supplies like syringes, coolants alcohol wipes, etc.
- First-aid kit.
- Glasses, hearing aids and medical devices, along with extra batteries if required
If a family member needs daily medical assistance – routine nursing care, help with medication, oxygen therapy or electricity for life-supporting medical equipment – pre-register for a special needs shelter. FloridaDisaster.org offers a county-by-county list of special needs shelters.
For more suggestions on medical-related items to include in an emergency supply kit, and for tips on how to prepare for an emergency, visit the Florida Department of Health website.
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