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Hurricane Season & COVID-19
The Apopka Fire and Police Department, along with Public Services want to help residents stay safe this hurricane season, especially during this pandemic.
The Atlantic hurricane season runs June 1 through November 30.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have some special tips to help prepare for hurricane season during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Give yourself more time than usual to prepare your emergency food, water, and medicine supplies.
- Prepare a "go kit" that includes hand sanitizer and/or soap and two cloth face coverings per person.
- Pay attention to local guidance about updated plans for evacuations and shelters, as they relate to COVID-19.
- Follow social distancing and other CDC recommendations if you need to check on your neighbors and friends.
- Continue to follow preventative actions, like washing hands and wearing a face covering.
- Contact your medical provider if you are injured or ill, for treatment recommendations. Remember, accessing medical care may be more difficult than usual during the pandemic.
Visit www.cdc.gov/disasters to find out more about how to be prepared.
Make an Emergency Plan
Make sure everyone in your household knows and understands your hurricane plan. Before an emergency happens, sit down with your family or close friends and decide how you will get in contact with each other, where you will go, and what you will do after the storm. Keep a copy of this plan in your emergency supply kit.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have additional tips for preparing for hurricanes during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Assemble a disaster needs kit with some of the following items:
- Battery Powered Radio
- Books, games, puzzles or other activities for kids
- Bottled Water
- Cash or traveler’s checks and change
- Emergency information from www.ready.gov
- Extra Batteries
- Family Emergency Plan
- First Aid Kit and medications
- Flashlights and extra batteries
- Fully Charged Cell Phones and charger
- Gas for a Home Generator
- Important Documents in a Water Proof Container
- Non-Electric Can Opener
- Non-Perishable Packaged Food
- Paper & pen or pencil
- Pet Care Items
- Special Items for Infants and the Elderly
- Vehicle Fuel Tanks Filled
Be sure to have at least one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation. For food, at least a three day supply.
Shelter and Special Needs Shelter
Orange County will provide updates once shelters are open. If a citizen requires a Special Needs/Medical Shelter during an emergency to please call 311.
Stay & Keep Informed
Countywide updates regarding shelters, re-openings, and other important information will be distributed by Orange County on their website, Orange County FL Twitter page, and Orange County Florida Government Facebook page.
We encourage residents to also follow the City of social media. For a complete list of social media sites, please visit our Social Media page.
Stay informed of the event through local media, NOAA weather radio, and local and federal government sites.
Additional Information & Resources
These helpful website to serve before and after a hurricane.
- Sign up for Apopka’s Alert Center: Emergency Management Alerts.
- Visit www.apopka.net/AlertCenter for all City updates.
- Visit Ready.gov/hurricanes for actions to take in the event of a hurricane warning or alert in your area.
- Visit www.orangecountyfl.net/EmergencySafety to view Orange County’s Emergency Management page for all things related to the storm in Orange County, Florida.
- Visit www.nhc.noaa.gov to monitor any weather updates from the National Hurricane Center.
- Visit https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/hurricanes/covid-19/prepare-for-hurricane.html for how to prepare for hurricane season during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Visit Orange County’s Storm Recovery Assistance page to find local and federal disaster recovery resources.
- Dial 911 for life-threatening emergency assistance.
- Dial 311 for Orange County’s Non-Emergency line.
- Dial 407-703-1757 for Apopka’s Non-Emergency line for items such as:
- Traffic lights out
- Tree limbs blocking the road
- Waste water backup
- City business hours, services, and schedules
- Dial 800-228-8485 for Duke Energy to report outage or fallen power lines.
- Dial 407-656-2734 for Lake Apopka Gas to report problems with a gas line.
- Dial 407-317-3200 for Orange County Public Schools for information on school closures.