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Hurricane Preparedness in Florida


As hurricane season approaches in Florida, it's essential to be prepared for any potential storms that may come our way. At Accomplished Home Care, we understand the importance of being ready, especially for our elderly community members who may need additional assistance and care. This guide will help you take the necessary steps to assist you and your loved ones during hurricane season. As hurricane season approaches in Florida, we must be prepared for any potential storms that may come our way. At Accomplished Home Care, we understand the importance of being ready, especially for our elderly community members who may need additional assistance and care. This guide will help you take the necessary steps to assist you and your loved ones during hurricane season.


General Hurricane Preparedness Checklist

Being well-prepared can make a significant difference in the safety and well-being of you and your family during a hurricane. Here’s a comprehensive list of what you need:



  1. Emergency Kit:

  • Non-perishable food and water (at least a 3-day supply)

  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio

  • Flashlight and extra batteries

  • First aid kit

  • Whistle to signal for help

  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags, and plastic ties for personal sanitation

  • Local maps

  • Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery

  • Manual can opener for food

  1. Important Documents:

  • Copies of insurance policies, identification, and bank account records in a waterproof container

  • Cash and credit cards

  1. Medications and Medical Supplies:

  • At least a week's supply of prescription medications

  • A list of medications, dosage, and any allergies

  • Medical supplies such as syringes, bandages, and other health necessities

  1. Clothing and Bedding:

  • Complete change of clothing appropriate for the season and sturdy shoes

  • Blankets or sleeping bags

  1. Tools and Safety Items:

  • Multi-purpose tool

  • Fire extinguisher

  • Matches in a waterproof container

  1. Miscellaneous:

  • Books, games, puzzles, or other activities to keep your mind occupied


Special Considerations for the Elderly

Our elderly loved ones may require additional precautions and preparations to ensure their safety during a hurricane. Here are specific tips to help them prepare:

  1. Medical Needs:

  • Ensure a supply of necessary medications is readily available and stored in a waterproof container.

  • Have a list of all medications, medical conditions, and doctors' contact information.

  • Arrange for a caregiver or family member to check in regularly.

  1. Mobility and Transportation:

  • Plan for any special transportation needs. Know in advance the locations of nearby shelters that are equipped to handle the elderly or those with special needs.

  • Ensure that wheelchairs, walkers, and other mobility aids are easily accessible.

  1. Communication Plan:

  • Make sure elderly family members have a way to contact others. This could include a fully charged cell phone with important numbers programmed in or a list of contact numbers in an easy-to-find location.

  • Set up a check-in system with family or neighbors to ensure they are safe.

  1. Support Network:

  • Identify neighbors or nearby friends who can assist in case of an emergency.

  • Keep emergency contact information prominently displayed.

  1. Comfort and Familiarity:

  • Pack familiar items that can help reduce stress and provide comfort, such as favorite snacks, books, or family photos.

Preparing for a hurricane can seem overwhelming, but with a thorough plan and the right supplies, you can ensure the safety and well-being of yourself and your loved ones. During the 2024 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday, consumers can buy qualifying disaster preparedness supplies tax-free. This tax holiday, approved by the Florida Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Ron DeSantis, runs from Saturday, June 1, through Friday, June 14. There will be a second tax-free period from Saturday, August 24, through Friday, September 6. At Accomplished Home Care, we are committed to supporting our community, especially our elderly members, in times of need. By following this guide, you can face hurricane season with confidence and peace of mind.




For more information or assistance with hurricane preparedness, you can contact your local RedCross. Stay safe, stay prepared, and take care.

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