Hurricanes are massive storm systems that form over the water and move toward land. Threats from hurricanes include high winds, heavy rainfall, storm surge, coastal and inland flooding, rip currents, and tornadoes. These large storms are called typhoons in the North Pacific Ocean and cyclones in other parts of the world.
Each year, many parts of the United States experience heavy rains, strong winds, floods, and coastal storm surges from tropical storms and affected areas include all Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coastal areas and areas over 100 miles inland, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Hawaii, parts of the Southwest, the Pacific Coast, and the U.S. territories in the Pacific. A significant per cent of fatalities occur outside of landfall counties with causes due to inland flooding.
The Atlanticseason runs from June 1 to November 30, with the peak occurring between mid-August and late October. The Eastern Pacific season begins May 15 and ends November 30
Many of us have dogs, cats, and other pets. You will need some type of pet disaster kit so you are equipped and ready in the event of a major disaster or emergency.
Prepare your pets basic home survival kits, including a pet first aid kit, and a pet evacuation kit… these are both important items for pet preparedness.
Making your own pet kit is really quite easy, you simply put together in a portable bag or container, everything your pet would need to survive for several days in the event of an emergency situation.
In our list below, we give suggestions of items that you would need to Create Your Own Pet Disaster Kit.
During an emergency event, our pets are often at an even greater risk of danger than we are.
In some disaster situations you might be required to leave your home for an extended amount of time, or even permanently, so be sure you have the proper kits and supplies needed to care for family and your pets.
Keep your kit in plain sight in case your emergency contact person, or other emergency worker would need to access it for you.
START – By using a Back Pack, Gym Bag, Suitcase, or even 5 gallon buckets for the contents of your kit. Make a separate bag for each pet.
Place the following 12 items in the bag to begin assembling your kit:
Call 911: For any situation that requires immediate action.
Call 511: Travel information, including info on road and bridge closures, toll suspensions and major evacuation routes: FL511.com
Florida disaster updates: www.floridadisaster.org
Florida Emergency Information Line: (800) 342-3557
Find a hurricane shelter: Text the word “shelter” and your zip code to 4-FEMA (43362).
Insurance questions about policies: Florida CFO’s free
Insurance Consumer Helpline is (877) 693-5236.
Orange County Emergency Management:
Seminole County Emergency Management:
Lake County Emergency Management:
Osceola County Emergency Management:
Volusia County Emergency Management:
Polk County Emergency Management:
Lake County Power Cooperative
Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC) for Osceola County
Seminole County Animal Services:
Volusia County Animal Services:
Lake County Animal Services:
Polk County Animal Services:
Pet Friendly Shelters in Orange County:
Pet Friendly Hotels List:
National Hurricane Center (link)
Hurricane Playbook (PDF)
Communication Tools (PDF)