Saturday, May 28, 2011

It is Time to Prepare for Hurricane Season!

Hurricane season officially starts on June 1st. It is important to prepare ahead of time - especially if you have special needs or own a pet.  The Florida Department of Elder Affairs has published a "Disaster Preparedness Guide for Elders".  This guide covers many types of disasters including:
  • hurricanes
  • fires
  • floods
  • tornadoes
  • pandemic flu
This is an excellent guide with practical advice - such as how to assemble a disaster supplies kit and create a plan for yourself and your pets.  You can read this guide online here or pick up a print copy at your library.  You can find more information, including videos from the National Hurricane Center.   

Here are local Pasco County resources to prepare for hurricane season: 
  • Pasco County's Hurricane Guide - available on this page in English and Spanish.
  • If you have special needs - you will need to pre-register for SNAPS services, like transportation and care.  You can learn more here.  The link to the registration form is here.
  • If you have a pet and need to have a place for him/her during an evacuation, you will need to pre-register your pet.  More information can be found here.

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