To mark the eleventh annual National Preparedness Month, NACCHO asked members to share how their local health department is promoting preparedness in their communities. Below is an update from Florida Department of Health- Highlands County on what they are sharing with their residents during National Preparedness Month. Would you like to share your National Preparedness Month plans with NACCHO? Share your plans in the comments section below or email firstname.lastname@example.org and you could be featured.
The Florida Department of Health urges all residents and visitors to take action during National Preparedness Month to make sure their families, homes and businesses are prepared and stay healthy and safe when natural disasters or other emergencies occur.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 48 percent of Americans lack emergency supplies in the event of a disaster. The Department reminds Floridians and visitors there are many resources available to aid in building an emergency supply kit and creating a family plan, as well as online and smart phone tools to help stay connected with family, friends and employees.
The Florida Emergency Preparedness Guide is available in English, Spanish, Haitian-Creole and Large Print versions on the Department’s homepage, www.floridahealth.gov. In addition, the Department offers public service announcements on children’s preparedness, registering for a special needs shelter, tips on including healthy choices in your emergency supply kit, and preparedness for the hearing impaired at https://www.youtube.com/user/fldoh. Also, the Florida Division of Emergency Management provides on online tool for building an emergency plan for families and businesses at http://flgetaplan.com/.
Special thanks to Ioannis (John) Gountas, Operations and Management Consultant Manager at the Florida Department of Health- Highlands County for sharing this submission.