If You Stay: Shelter In-Place
If evacuation is not necessary and your residence can provide a safe environment during a storm or other emergency situation, then you may want to take shelter at your own home or that of a family member, neighbor or friend. If your special needs require assistance for day-to-day tasks, make sure you have a caregiver, family member or friend that can stay with you at all times. Remember, the best place to shelter for every Floridian is outside the evacuation area, in a safe and secure structure. If your home meets safety requirements though, it may just be your best option.
Monitor the Situation
Oftentimes, emergencies or natural disasters can go from bad to worse in a very short time. It is very important to monitor the situation on radio or television news reports in the event an evacuation is ordered. If local authorities do order an evacuation, remember it is in your best interest to do so immediately. Visit the Evacuation and Shelters section of the Web site for important evacuation information.
Your Emergency Kit should be compatible for both an in-place sheltering and an evacuation. At a minimum, your kit should include all your daily necessities and basic resources that would allow you to live on your own for 3 to 7 days. For a detailed listing of items to include in your Emergency Kit, click here.
Although your home can be a safe place to ride out an emergency, there are potential hidden dangers that may not be obvious on first glance.