with permission from the Weekley Newspapers
Hurricane Preparation Checklist

Before hurricane season in the Florida Keys begins, residents should prepare a hurricane survival kit that covers the basics and fulfills your medical needs. Download and print out the Hurricane Preparation Checklist.

Protecting your family

The best way to make your family and home safer is to be prepared before a disaster happens. t’s smart to put together a “Kid’s Activity Survival Kit” so they will have things to do and share with other kids.
PETS: What to do with our furry and feathered friends when a Hurricane threatens

Frightened animals quickly slip out open doors, broken windows or other damaged areas of your home opened by a storm.

Special Needs

State of Florida Emergency Management Act Florida Statue 252.355 – Registration of Disabled Citizens; notice

1) In order to meet the special needs of persons who would need assistance during evacuations and sheltering because of physical and mental handicaps, each local emergency management agency in the state shall maintain a registry of disabled persons located within the jurisdiction of the local agency.  The registration shall identify those persons in need of assistance and plan for resource allocation to meet those identified needs.

Tips for boaters

Hurricanes: A Mariner’s Guide. If you know a hurricane is approaching, prepare for the worst. GET OFF THE OPEN WATER, or AS FAR AWAY FROM THE STORM AS POSSIBLE.


Evacuation Information

When hurricanes are tracking across the Atlantic Ocean and veering toward the Florida Keys, proper preparation is the best defense for you and your family.

Returning to the Keys

During the re-entry process, residents must consider whether or not emergency personnel, supplies and equipment are established, whether rescue crews have had enough time to assist any trapped or injured people in the hurricane affected area and, most importantly, whether emergency management has declared the area safe for residents to re-enter the Keys.

FLOODING: get the facts, stay prepared

To due the low-lying elevation of the Florida Keys, Monroe County residents need to be aware of potential flooding that may occur during a tropical storm.


Surge Myths

Jon Rizzo, Warning Coordination Meteorologist (Key West) busts the myths associated with storm surge in the Florida Keys. Myth: The reef provides protection from storm surge. Fact: While the reef does keep large swells and breaking waves from reaching the shore, it does not inhibit the rise of water due to storm surge.

FEMA Assistance

Application procedures for local governments will be explained at a series of federal/state applicant briefings with locations to be announced in the affected area by recovery officials. Approved public repair projects are paid through the state from funding provided by FEMA and other participating federal agencies.

FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate

Top administrator has close ties to Florida & the Keys. W. Craig Fugate began serving in the position of Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in May 2009.


Warnings from Matt Strahan

The Weekly Newspapers took a tour of the Key West National Weather Service facility with Strahan recently and found out, forecasting for either weather system is similar, in that both, life-threatening weather systems involve rotations.


Advice from Bill Read

Hurricane hunting meteorologist Bill Read joined the team at Miami’s National Hurricane center just this March. An experienced leader, he brings to the position over 30 years of intense storm forecasting, hurricane impact prediction, and complex disaster response skills.