What To Do Now

Top 10 Things To Do Now

  1. Make your Family Disaster Plan. It’s not hard. Talk with your family. If you need help, go online to  http://www.floridadisaster.org and call your local emergency management agency 941-748-2241 or local chapter of the American Red Cross 941-792-8686.
  2. Locate your evacuation zone http://www.mymanatee.org/home/government/departments/public-safety/emergency-management/emergency-resources/evacuation-zones.html. Determine if and when you would have to evacuate. REMEMBER: All mobile home residents must evacuate, regardless of location.
  3. Decide NOW where you would go if ordered to evacuate (a friend or relative, a hotel or motel, or as a last resort, a public shelter or out of the region). REMEMBER, if you are going to leave the area or go to a hotel, DO NOT DELAY. Determine your route, leave early and travel the shortest distance possible. Think tens of miles, not hundreds. For a list of manatee county shelters go to: http://www.mymanatee.org/home/government/departments/public-safety/emergency-management/shelter-list-table.html
  4. Check your Disaster Supply Kit and obtain any items you need.
  5. Make plans and purchase materials, such as storm shutters, to protect your home before the storm.
  6. Keep your home in good repair. Tacking down loose roofing, trimming trees and keeping gutters clean are good places to start.
  7. Purchase a battery-powered weather alert radio and a NON-ELECTRIC land-line phone. Even though phone service may not be disturbed, cordless phones will not work during power outages.
  8. Inventory your property and possessions on paper and take a video survey of your property. Store with insurance and other important papers in a safe place and send a copy to a relative out of the area.
  9. Make sure your street address number is clearly marked on your home.
  10. Whether you rent or own your home, review your insurance policies with your agent now.