||2013 Hurricane Season
The 2013 Hurricane Season begins June 1 and we want everyone to Resolve 2B Ready! This year's emphasis includes integrating technology into individuals, families and businesses preparedness plans. A 2012 Nielson report revealed that nearly 55 percent of mobile phone owners in the United States own smartphones. As a simple resolution, Ready is asking all smartphone owners to turn the technology in their purses and pockets into a life-saving tool during and after an emergency or disaster.
Below are additional ways to implement technology into your emergency plans:
- Learn how to send updates via text and internet from your mobile phone to your contacts and social channels in case voice communications are not available;
- Store your important documents such as personal and financial records in the cloud, in a secure and remote area, or on a flash or jump drive that you can keep readily available so they can be accessed from anywhere; and
- Create an Emergency Information Document by using Ready's Family Emergency Plan template in Google Docs (use Google Chrome to view) or by downloading the Ready Family Emergency Plan to record your emergency plans.
- Download the Resolve 2B Ready 2013 Toolkit for tips and actions you can take.
Be a Force of Nature - take appropriate actions to prepare, and inspire others to do the same. An informed and motivated public will transform the way the Nation prepares for and responds to hurricanes and will ultimately save more lives and livelihoods.
- Pledge to Prepare: When you pledge to prepare, you will take the first step to making sure that you and your family are prepared for hurricanes at www.ready.gov/hurricanes.
- Know Your Risk for Hurricanes: Hurricane hazards come in many forms: storm surge, high winds, tornadoes, and flooding. Know your local risks.
- Take Action: This can include developing a family emergency plan, putting an emergency kit together or updating your existing kit, keeping important papers and valuables in a safe place and getting involved.
- Be an Example: Building a nation of preparedness requires action from all of us. Sharing your own preparedness activities will encourage others to do the same.
Brevard County Emergency Management: Citizen Hotline Dial 211
Special Needs Must pre-register 321-637-4088
Florida Division of Emergency Management: 850-413-9900
FEMA: 1-800-621-FEMA (3362)
National Hurricane Center
National Weather Service
Red Cross: 321-723-2586
United Way: 321-631-2740
Brevard County Public Schools: 321-633-1000 ext. 797
Eastern Florida State College: 321-632-1111
University of Central Florida: 321-433-7821
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 800-232-4636
City Employees can call the employee Hotline at 321-726-5684 or
321-409-6384 for further information.
Palm Bay Citizens can call 321-726-5683 or 321-409-6383 for further information.
As you evacuate, know where you are going & leave early.
Hurricane season lasts June 1 to November 30.
Store enough drinking water to last for at least 2 weeks.
If you must evacuate, always take your pets.
Pets are not allowed in most shelters. Check before arriving for pet friendly shelters.