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2024 Hurricane Preparedness Week Toolkit

May 5 – May 11, 2024

Hurricane Preparedness Week is observed each year by the Florida Division of Emergency Management (the Division) in conjunction with the National Weather Service National Preparedness Week to increase awareness for the upcoming Atlantic Hurricane Season beginning on June 1.

Below are draft social media materials to assist with any of your Hurricane Preparedness Week outreach efforts. If you plan to participate in Hurricane Preparedness Week and utilize the materials provided, don’t forget to use the hashtag #MakeAPlan and #HurricanePrep and tag the Division on Facebook, X (formerly Twitter) and Instagram!

Sunday, May 5 | Monday, May 6 | Tuesday, May 7 | Wednesday, May 8
Thursday, May 9 | Friday, May 10 | Saturday, May 11

Sunday, May 5: Determine Your Risk

🌀 Today is the first day of Hurricane Preparedness Week! With the start of hurricane season a month away, now is the time to assess potential risks to your home or business & mitigate against costly impacts.

➡️ Learn more ways to prepare for the season: #HurricanePrep

With hurricane season one month away, it's time to kick off Hurricane Preparedness Week! The first step in preparing for hurricanes is to know your risk. Find out what types of water & wind hazards your area is prone to. Learn more: #HurricanePrep

Monday, May 6: Prepare Before Hurricane Season / Assemble a Disaster Supply Kit

🌊 It's Day 2 of Hurricane Preparedness Week & today's focus is evacuation planning. Know your zone & know your home to best understand storm-related evacuation orders.

➡️ Learn if you live in a flood-prone area at #HurricanePrep

During Florida Hurricane Preparedness Week, take time to stock your disaster supply kit with at least 7 days of supplies, including:

🐶 Pet supplies
🥫 Nonperishable food & water
🔋 Batteries

➡️ Find a full disaster supply kit checklist – #MakeAPlan

Tuesday, May 7: Have Multiple Ways to Receive Weather Alerts

🌀 It's Day 3 of Preparedness Week! Do you have a way to receive weather watches & warnings? Every household is encouraged to have a battery-operated or hand-crank weather radio to ensure you can receive alerts from the @NWS in the event of power outages or damaged cell towers.📻

Prepare for Hurricane Season by knowing about the different alerts & the difference between watches & warnings.

👀 WATCH: Conditions possible within 48 hrs
🚨 WARNING: Conditions expected within 36 hrs

⬇️ Have multiple ways to monitor & receive weather alerts.

Wednesday, May 8: Get Moving When a Storm Threatens / Help Your Neighbors

Do you know what to do when a storm threatens your community? ⬇️Follow these tips to prepare:

🏡 Secure your home
🎒 Pack your go bag
⛽️ Keep gas tanks halfway full
🏠 Determine sheltering options (for your pets, too!)
Learn more: #HurricanePrep

🌀 On Day 3 of Hurricane Preparedness Week we encourage all residents to be a good neighbor!
🤝 Help your neighbors collect supplies needed before a storm, assist with evacuation if ordered to do so & check on them after it's deemed safe.
➡️ Learn more -

Thursday, May 9: Stay Protected During Storms

On Day 4 of Preparedness Week, residents & visitors are reminded to take precautions & keep themselves & their families safe during a storm:

⚠️ Don't go outside until the storm has passed
⚠️ Stay away from downed power lines
⚠️ Never walk or drive through flooded waters

If you decide to shelter in place during a storm:

🎒 Ensure you have enough supplies for at least 7+ days for each member of your household
🏡 Stay indoors & away from windows
⚠️ Don't go outside until it is deemed safe

⬇️ for more info.

Friday, May 10: Use Caution After Storms

On Day 5 of Hurricane Prep Week, here are some safety tips to follow after a storm has passed:

🚫 Don't go outside until the storm has passed
⚡️ Stay away from downed power lines
🌊 Never walk or drive through flooded waters
🔌 Use generators outdoors & 20+ ft from your home

If you lose power during a storm this hurricane season, take caution when setting up & running your generator.

↔️ Keep generators 20+ feet away from your house
🚨 Install battery-operated CO detectors
☂️ Keep generators dry

⬇️ Follow the tips below to keep your family safe.

Saturday, May 11: Take Action Today!

As we wrap up Hurricane Preparedness Week, we encourage you to take action today!

🌪️ Know your risks
🗒️ Make a Plan (include all members of your household, even pets!)
🎒Build a Kit
⛽️ Have multiple ways to receive weather alerts


It's the last day of Hurricane Preparedness Week! Do you have your plan in place?

🌪️Know your risks
🗒️ Make a Family Plan
🎒Build a Kit with enough supplies for 7+ days for each member of your household - pets, too!
⛽️ Have multiple ways to receive weather alerts

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Public Records Custodian Florida has a very broad Public Records Law. Most written communications to or from State and Local Officials regarding State or Local business are public records available to the public and media upon request. Please forward requests to:
Jennifer Farlow, District Clerk
984 Old Mill Run
The Villages, Florida 32162
Phone No. (352) 751-3939
Fax No. (352) 753-6430

or click the link below to file your request electronically.

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