HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS

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HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS RESOURCES
Local Hurricane Preparedness information from Islamorada Fire Rescue 
FloridaDisaster.org
Create a Family Plan, Business Plan or Special Needs Plan  through FloridaDisaster.org
PreparednessGuide.org  
Islamorada Floodplain Management Ordinance 
Flood Smart (National Flood Insurance Program)
Flood Zone FEMA Flood Map Service Center
Landscape Hurricane Preparedness article from the UF/IFAS Extension Services

MONROE COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
MONROE COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT provides an entire website with full information and resources for all Monroe County residents, businesses and visitors.


Where to Obtain a Re-entry Windshield Sticker

Residents can obtain one sticker for each vehicle registered in their name. You will need a proof of residency: driver’s license, utility bill, deed, etc. Residents who live from Ocean Reef to Stock Island can obtain stickers at the Monroe County Sheriff’s substations or the Department of Motor Vehicle or Driver License service centers listed below. The stickers are color-coded based on whether you live in the Upper, Middle or Lower Keys for possible zone re-entry. Residents who live in Key West can obtain their Re-Entry Windshield Stickers from Key West City Hall (1300 White Street) or the Key West Police Department (1604 North Roosevelt Boulevard). The hours for both are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. 

MonroeCounty Sheriff's Office locations: Open 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays for sticker pickup. 

Department of Motor Vehicle and/or Driver License Service Centers:  

  • 101487 Overseas Highway, Key Largo; 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., Mondays through Fridays
  • 3439 South Roosevelt Blvd., Key West; 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Monday through Fridays
  • 1200 Truman Avenue, Suite 101, Key West, 8 am. to 4:45 p.m. Monday through Fridays
  • 88800 Overseas Highway, Plantation Key (Islamorada), 8 am. to 4:45 p.m. Mondays through Fridays
  • The Marathon offices do not have the stickers at this time.

Residents who live in Key West can obtain their Re-Entry Windshield Stickers from Key West City Hall (1300 White Street) or the Key West Police Department (1604 North Roosevelt Boulevard). The hours for both are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.


How to Make a Disaster Plan
The following information is provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

A key way to cope with a disaster is to have a plan. Know how to react before, during and after a disaster and know the hazards that could affect where you live, work and go to school. It is important for all Floridians, especially individuals with access and functional needs, to plan ahead.

Communication 

  • Your family may not be together when a disaster strikes. Know how to contact one another and reconnect if separated. Establish a meeting place that’s familiar to everyone and easy to find.
  • Complete your family emergency communication plan online and print it onto wallet-sized cards.
  • Ensure all family members have a copy.
  • Install the FEMA mobile app. It provides severe weather alerts from the National Weather Service for up to five selected locations.
  • Keep a NOAA Weather Radio tuned to the local emergency station; monitor TV and radio.
  • Follow mobile alerts and warnings about severe weather.

Evacuation 

  • Evacuation orders can come with little notice. Planning ahead is vital to evacuating quickly and safely.
  • Florida Division of Emergency Management’s website FloridaDisaster.org has comprehensive information on what to do before, during and after a disaster under Plan and Prepare.
  • Plan how to leave and where to go if advised to evacuate.
  • Fill vehicles with gas if an evacuation seems likely.
  • Wear sturdy shoes and clothes.
  • Those without cars should plan how to leave.
  • Listen to a battery-powered radio and leave when told to do so.
  • Leave early to avoid being trapped by severe weather.
  • A list of nearby open shelters is on the FEMA mobile app.
  • Florida Division of Emergency Management has a list of open shelters by county.
  • Inform an out-of-state contact about your evacuation plan.
  • Unplug radios, TV and small appliances.
  • Secure the home by locking doors and windows.
  • Leave a note letting others know the plan for evacuation.
  • If the home is damaged, shut off water, gas and electricity.
  • Take pets along, but be aware some shelters or hotels only accept service animals.
  • Check with neighbors who may need a ride.
  • Follow recommended evacuation routes.
  • If stranded when driving, stay in the vehicle, put on flashers, call for help and wait until it arrives.


Disaster kits
Have disaster supply kits ready at all times in your home, work and vehicles. 

  • A disaster kit is a collection of basic items needed in the event of an emergency, and can be assembled well in advance.
  • Have enough food, water and other necessities, including all medications, in sufficient quantity for each family member to last for at least 72 hours.
  • Florida Division of Emergency Management has a list of items to include in disaster supply kits.
    Ready.gov has a list of recommended emergency supplies.
  • MySafeFlorida.org is another source for suggested items for disaster kits.
  • Include supplies for individuals with disabilities, children, seniors or pets, and protection against the Florida weather. Insect repellent and sunscreen should be in all kits, as well as rainproof gear for everyone.

For more FEMA recovery information, visit www.floridadisaster.org/dem/recovery/, or follow  @FEMARegion4 on Twitter and on FEMA’s Facebook page.