It's not too early to start getting ready. Disaster prevention should include developing a plan. Discuss the type of hazards that could affect your family, such as storm surges, flooding and strong wind. Determine escape routes from your home and places to meet should you be separated. Check your insurance coverage. Be advised that flood damage is not usually covered by homeowner’s insurance.
Be prepared for possible intense weather by stocking up on non-perishable foods, baby foods or pet foods, blankets, bottled water, batteries, flashlights, medications, a battery powered radio, first aid kit, cash, important documents and any other necessities to last up to seven days. As always, please listen to local weather advisories and continue to monitor the storm.
One of the most important decisions you will have to make is whether or not to evacuate. If you are asked to evacuate, you should do so without delay. I encourage all of you to take steps now to protect your home and family. Below are some helpful tips and resources to keep you safe and informed. During severe weather and other emergencies, the State Assistance Information Line (SAIL) a toll-free hotline, is activated to provide accurate and up-to-date information on emergency or disaster situations impacting Florida. the hotline is 1-1800-342-3557. Visit http://www.floridadisaster.org to find information on emergency preparedness.
As always, remember that my office is open and available to assist you. For help with emergency resources, please contact my office at either (904)354-1652 (Jacksonville), (850) 558-9450 (Tallahassee), or (202) 225-0123 (Washington, DC). You can also find me on Facebook and on Twitter at @RepAlLawsonJr.