DISASTER RESPONSE RESOURCES
Living in Florida, our community knows full well how devastating and life altering a hurricane or flood can be. LSF partners with other organizations to provide a network of resources for Florida’s survivors of natural disasters. We partner with Lutheran Disaster Response (LDR) and Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) when challenges arise.
LDR exists to ensure that communities are not abandoned following the immediate aftermath of a natural disaster and works with congregations and communities in the long, challenging work of rebuilding and developing resilience.
For information, visit: Lutheran Disaster Response
LCMS Disaster Relief responds to immediate and long-term needs following natural and manmade disasters. LSF works with LCMS as they build capacity to respond with care to needs within the church and their communities.
For information, visit: Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) Disaster Response
HOUSEHOLD EMERGENCY PLAN
The Great Hurricane Blowout offers several preparation resources including tools for building a family emergency plan and hurricane emergency kit at www.greathurricaneblowout.org.
What will your household 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.
HURRICANE EMERGENCY KIT
The following supplies should be included in all hurricane emergency kits. Take your specific circumstances in consideration, such as medical needs or pets, 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
- 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