Disaster Preparedness & Tips

Have a Family Emergency Plan

The Great Hurricane Blowout offers a number of preparation resources including tools for building a family emergency plan and hurricane emergency kit at www.greathurricaneblowout.org.

What will your family do if a hurricane is coming? You should have a family emergency plan.

  • Collect copies of important papers such as the deed to your home, insurance paperwork, financial information, etc.
  • Review your property insurance coverage and keep updated photos and/or a video inventory of your personal belongings.
  • Store important phone numbers such as the number of your insurance company, doctor, veterinarian, and family contacts in a safe place.
  • Identify your evacuation routes. Have an alternate route planned in case the first option is not navigable.
  • Identify the safest place in your home to ride out a storm and make sure everyone knows where to go.
  • In case your family is not together when a hurricane hits, make sure you have a pre-identified meeting place in addition to your home, and make sure everyone knows the address and phone number of your meeting spot.
  • If you have a medical issue or may need help evacuating, contact your local emergency management agency now to find out how to get the help you may need.

Build a Hurricane Emergency Kit

The following supplies should be included in all hurricane emergency kits. Special circumstances such as medical needs or pets should be taken into consideration when planning your kit.

  • Three-day supply of non-perishable food and water for each person in the household (one gallon of water per person, per day)
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank emergency radio
  • Flashlight
  • Dust masks (at least 4)
  • Batteries (8 AA and 4 D)
  • Trash bags (4 per kit)
  • First aid kit that includes: two pairs of latex or other sterile gloves; sterile dressing to stop bleeding; cleansing agent/soap and antibiotic wipes to disinfect; antibiotic ointment to prevent infection; burn ointment to prevent infection; adhesive bandages in a variety of sizes; eye wash solution to flush the eyes or as a general decontaminant.
  • Can opener
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Five-gallon bucket or other container for kit supplies

Helpful Websites

Lutheran Services Florida on Twitter

Tweets with information on storms affecting Florida


Lutheran Disaster Response

Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) Disaster Response


Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Apply for FEMA assistance at https://www.fema.gov/apply-assistance  or call 800-621-3362.

Weather information, important updates and tips on making an emergency plan can be found at www.ready.gov or by downloading the FEMA app at https://www.fema.gov/mobile-app


Florida’s 511 Traveler Information System

Evacuation and emergency travel information



Great Hurricane Blowout

Tips on making an emergency plan and disaster kit



NOAA Extreme Weather Information Sheets

State and local emergency contact information, weather radio stations



Spaghetti Models

Links to hurricane maps, tracks and spaghetti models for current storms