September 13, 2017 update: Hurricane Irma has passed, but has left widespread damage in her wake. Florida Sea Grant agents across the state are gearing up to help with cleanup and recovery efforts, as well as conducting damage assessments in their counties.For reliable, update information post-Irma, visit www.floridadisaster.org.
Hurricane Irma is now a Category 5 hurricane, and although its path is still uncertain, it is not too early to prepare your home.
The Florida Homeowners Handbook to Prepare for Natural Disasters, published by Florida Sea Grant and UF/IFAS is available for free download. This handbook was created to help Floridians prepare for a natural hazard so that risks to family and property may be reduced. Access the online version of the handbook at the following link: Florida Homeowners Handbook to Prepare for Natural Disasters
Additionally, the Florida Department of Emergency Management has developed an interactive web page to help generate a preparedness plan for your family or your business. Visit http://www.floridadisaster.org/getaplan/ for more information.
Additional preparedness resources:
- Preparing Your Boat for a Hurricane
- Questions and Answers About Flood Insurance
- Disaster Planning Tips for Caregivers of the Elderly and People with Disabilities
- Safe Handling of Food and Water in a Hurricane or Related Disaster
- Preparing and Storing an Emergency Safe Drinking Water Supply
- Keeping a Household Inventory and Protecting Valuable Records
- Preparing for a Disaster: Strategies for Older Adults
- Living with Diabetes: Putting Together an Emergency Preparedness Plan
To stay updated on Hurricane Irma, visit: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/