Hurricane season starts a week from today
Are you prepared?
Atlantic hurricane season starts June 1 and runs through November 30. Santa Rosa County urges residents to take the time now to make a plan and be prepared.

"It has been 12 years since a hurricane has hit our area so we encourage everyone to take a few minutes to freshen your disaster supplies. If you are new to the area, this is the perfect time to build a disaster kit. You can find the items neede d in our newly updated disaster guide or on our web site ," said Brad Baker, director of Santa Rosa County Emergency Management. "Also, be sure to l ike us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to stay informed about any pending tropical activity. Together we can handle any disaster that strikes us. So help yourself, help your family, help your community - be prepared."
 
Here are the top five things you need to do this season:

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1. Locate your  evacuation zone to determine if and when you would have to evacuate. Remember: All mobile home residents are advised to evacuate, regardless of location.  
2. Decide NOW where you would go if ordered to evacuate - a friend or relative's home, a hotel or as a last resort, a public shelter. If you are going to leave the area or go to a hotel, don't delay. Determine your route, leave early and travel the shortest distance possible. Think tens of miles, not hundreds.
3. Purchase a battery-powered NOAA weather radio. If you have a smartphone, download one of the several free weather apps available and purchase a power bank/backup charger. Solar chargers are available as well. If you have a landline, make sure you have at least one non-electric phone. Even though landline phone service may not be disturbed, a cordless phone will not work during power outages.
4. Make sure your street address number is clearly marked on your home.
5. Whether you rent or own your home, review your insurance policies with your agent now.
For more information or for a copy of the 2017 Disaster Guide, visit Santa Rosa County Emergency Management or call 850-983-5360.
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