Johns County Department of Emergency and Health officials want residents to have a storm plan

Johns County Department of Emergency and Health officials want residents to have a storm plan

John’s County Emergency Management and the Florida Department of Health are monitoring St. John’s County Tropical Depression 9.

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

“Having a plan is critical. Even if this storm misses our community, it’s always best to stay prepared throughout hurricane season,” said Joe Giamanco, director of emergency management for St. Johns County.

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

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Officials suggest that St. Johns County residents prepare or update individual and family contingency plans, restock home hurricane supplies, and confirm registration to assist with evacuation or shelter if needed in an emergency such as a hurricane.

Officials offered these tips to aid preparedness efforts.

  • Make a hurricane planA major 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 be subject to limited or no access to necessities such as food and water. The Florida Department of Emergency Management provides an interactive online tool, Get a plan!To help families and businesses prepare.
  • Determine the risks to your home and property: Update contingency plans and supplies before a Florida storm threatens. It’s important to stay prepared Before And the after, after Storm.
  • Know your evacuation zoneCreate 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 vehicles gas tanks at least half full during hurricane season to ensure they have enough fuel to evacuate as soon as possible without worrying about long queues at gas stations and to avoid gas shortages before a storm. For more information visit
  • Stay informed and connected: Select your reliable sources of information for any severe weather event. Reliable and timely information is critical to taking appropriate action in the event of an emergency.

  • Make a disaster kit: The State Department of Emergency Management recommends that you do this Maintain a well stocked emergency preparedness kit To last you and your family for a minimum of seven days. The set of individual or family disaster supplies varies based on personal needs. Here is a list of the essential items to include:
  1. Water (at least one gallon per person per day for five to seven days)

  2. Canned or non-perishable foods (minimum five to seven days)

  3. Any necessary medications in their prescribed packages (two weeks’ supply)

  4. first aid bag

  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 locations of hurricane shelters in St. John’s County, visit the County Emergency Management website at Or call 904-824-5550.

The State Department of Health provides valuable information to help plan for emergency situations Emergency-Preparedness-and-Response/Prepare-Yourself.

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