Hurricane Preparedness

Before the Storm | During the Storm | After the Storm
Hurricane Categories | Evacuation | Re-Entry 
National Weather Service | National Hurricane Center

Know your risk and vulnerability
Flood zones are different from
storm surge zones (hurricane evacuation zones), which are caused by land-falling hurricanes.  Know which hurricane evacuation zone you live in by going to hurricane evacuation zones or calling 630-CITY (630-2489).

Have a Plan and Emergency Supplies
You should plan in advance what you will do if Jacksonville is in the path of a hurricane.  Will you stay in your home? Evacuate to a shelter? Leave town?  Know in advance what is best for you and your family. If sheltering in your home, be prepared to make it on your own for at least three days, maybe longer.  Think first about fresh water and food.  Remember to include a battery-operated radio, first aid kits and medications. For examples of what should be included, check out the Emergency Preparedness Division's list, the American Red Cross Disaster Kit or FEMA's advice for disaster preparation.

Register for Assistance
If you plan to evacuate to a shelter and require special medical needs during your stay; or are in need of transportation to a shelter, you must first register with the City of Jacksonville's Emergency Preparedness Division.  Do so by calling 630-CITY or registering on-line.

Plan for your pets
Don't forget to include food in your emergency supplies kits.  If you plan to go to a shelter with your pet, you must first register with the City of Jacksonville's Emergency Preparedness Division.  Do so by calling 630-CITY or registering on-line.

Stay informed!   
Watch TV, listen to the radio or check the Internet often for information or official instructions as they become available. 
If you're specifically told to evacuate, do so immediately.

Hurricane season is June 1 to Nov. 30.  The peak of the season is August and September.