St. Louis County emergency management and health officials. Johns wants residents to have a storm plan

St. Louis County Emergency Management Johns and the Florida Department of Health in St. Johns are tracking Tropical Depression 9.

Both emergency managers and health officials want to remind the community to make emergency preparedness plans.

“Having a plan is very important. Even if this storm misses our community, it’s always a good idea to stay prepared throughout the hurricane season,” said St. Johns, Joe Giammanco.

DOH-St. Johns Chief Health Officer Shane Lockwood, MPH, said, “It’s never too early to prepare yourself, your family, your property and your business for emergencies involving severe weather.”

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Officials are recommending that residents of St. Johns to prepare or update individual and family emergency plans, restock household hurricane supplies, and confirm registration for evacuation assistance or housing if needed in an emergency such as a hurricane.

Officials offered these tips to help with preparedness efforts.

  • Make a hurricane plan: A key way to deal with a disaster is to have a plan. After an emergency or disaster, you may lose access to basic services such as electricity and water, and have limited or no access to essential items such as food and water. The Florida Department of Emergency Management provides an interactive online tool, Get a Plan!, to help families and businesses stay prepared.
  • Identify the risks to your home and property: Update emergency plans and supplies before a storm threatens Florida. It’s important to stay prepared before and after a storm.
  • Know your evacuation zone: Develop an emergency evacuation plan and review the plan carefully with your family and children. Don’t forget to include your pets in your evacuation plans.
  • Keep gas tanks at least half full: Residents are encouraged to keep their vehicle gas tanks at least half full during hurricane season to ensure they have enough fuel to evacuate as quickly as possible without worrying about long lines at gas stations and to avoid gas shortages before a storm. For more information, visit www.FloridaDisaster.org/HalfwayFull.
  • Stay informed and connected: Identify your trusted sources of information for any severe weather event. Reliable and timely information is crucial to taking appropriate action in an emergency.

  • Build a disaster power kit: The state Department of Emergency Management recommends keeping a well-stocked emergency preparedness kit to last you and your family for at least seven days. Each individual or family disaster supply kit differs according to personal needs. Here is a list of key items to include:
  1. Water (at least one gallon per day per person for five to seven days)

  2. Non-perishable packaged or canned food (enough for at least five to seven days)

  3. Any necessary medicines in their prescription bottles (enough for two weeks)

  4. First aid box

  5. Flashlights with extra batteries

  6. Weather radio

  7. Lanterns, candles and matches

  8. Fuel and propane

  9. Pet care items (including any pet medications)

  10. Other vital documents (stored in a waterproof container

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For information on evacuation routes, evacuation assistance and hurricane shelter locations in St. Johns, visit the county’s Emergency Management website at www.SJCEmergencyManagement.com or call 904-824-5550.

And the state Department of Health provides valuable information to help with emergency planning at www.FloridaHealth.gov/Programs-and-Services/Emergency-Preparedness-and-Response/Prepare-Yourself.

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