Emergency Preparedness.

Emergency Preparedness.

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Coordinates the County’s preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation for emergencies such as floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, severe weather, hazardous materials incidents, homeland security issues, terrorism, and mass casualty incidents.

  • Lead agency for coordinating hazardous materials response in Pasco County
  • Serves as the lead agency for Homeland Security coordination and initiatives, including grant management and adoption of the National Incident Management System (NIMS)
  • Emergency Management Focus Areas
  • Coordinates development of continuity of operations (COOP) and continuity of government (COG) plans
  • Manages the Special Needs and Assistance Population Program (SNAPP)
  • Conducts annual plan reviews of over 100 medical facility disaster plans
  • Preparation and implementation of the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP)
  • Maintenance of the Local Mitigation Strategy (LMS) and the project list, plus review of new developments for mitigation opportunities
  • Public information and education programs including expos, speaking engagements, creation and distribution of written materials, and emergency public information activities
  • Elimination of the shelter deficit, including shelter surveys, shelter retrofits, and new facility construction with enhanced hurricane protected areas are included in departmental goals


Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

FEMA — the federal agency charged with building and supporting the nation’s emergency management system.

  • Advises on building codes and flood plain management
  • Teaches people how to get through a disaster
  • Helps equip local and state emergency preparedness
  • Coordinates federal response to a disaster
  • Makes disaster assistance available to states, communities, businesses and individuals
  • Trains emergency managers
  • Supports the nation’s fire service
  • Administers the national flood and crime insurance programs

On March 1, 2003, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).


Florida Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD)

VOAD is the statewide collaborative body of non-governmental organizations that facilitates communication, cooperation, and coordination of member organizations in all phases of disaster and to maximize member impact.


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Family Disaster Kit Checklist


  • Store one gallon of water per person per day (two quarts for drinking, two quarts for food preparation and sanitation)
  • Keep at least a three-day supply of water for each person in your household


  • Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits and vegetables
  • Canned juices, milk, soup (if powdered, store extra water)
  • Staples – sugar, salt , pepper
  • High energy foods – peanut butter, jelly, crackers, granola bars, trail mix
  • Vitamins
  • Foods for infants, elderly persons or persons on special diets
  • Comfort/stress foods – cookies, hard candy, sweetened cereals, lollipops
  • Instant coffee, tea bags

First Aid Kit

  • Sterile adhesive bandages (assorted sizes)
  • Antiseptic
  • 2-inch sterile gauze pads (4-6)
  • Triangular bandages (3)
  • 4-inch sterile gauze pads (4-6)
  • Moistened towelettes
  • Hypoallergenic adhesive tape
  • Thermometer
  • 2-inch sterile roller bandages (3 rolls)
  • Tongue Blades (2)
  • 3-inch sterile roller bandages (3 rolls)
  • Cleansing agent/soap
  • Scissors, Tweezers, Needle
  • Latex gloves (2 pair)
  • Tube of petroleum jelly or other lubricant
  • Assorted sizes of safety pins
  • Sunscreen

Non-Prescription Drugs

  • Aspirin or non-aspirin pain reliever
  • Anti-diarrhea medication
  • Antacid (for stomach upset)
  • Syrup of Ipecac (use to induce vomiting if advised by the Poison Control Center)
  • Laxative
  • Activated charcoal (use if advised by the Poison Control Center)

Tools / Supplies

  • Mess kits, or paper cups, plates and plastic utensils
  • Tape
  • Emergency Preparedness manual
  • Pliers
  • Battery-operated radio and extra batteries
  • Compass
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Whistle
  • Cash or traveler’s checks, change
  • Tube tent
  • Non-electric can opener, utility knife
  • Signal flare
  • Fire extinguisher: small canister, ABC type
  • Paper/pencil
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Aluminum foil
  • Plastic storage containers
  • Needles, thread
  • Medicine dropper
  • Shut-off wrench, to turn off household gas and water
  • Plastic sheeting
  • Insect Repellant
  • Map of the area (for locating shelters)


  • Toilet paper, towelettes
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Soap, liquid detergent
  • Feminine supplies
  • Plastic bucket with tight lid
  • Disinfectant
  • Household chlorine bleach
  • Plastic garbage bags, ties (for personal sanitation uses)

Clothing and Bedding

  • Sturdy shoes or work boots
  • Hat and gloves
  • Thermal underwear
  • Rain gear
  • Blankets or sleeping bags
  • Sunglasses

Special Items (For Baby)

  • Formula
  • Diapers
  • Bottles
  • Powdered milk
  • Medications

Special Items (For Adults)

  • Heart and high blood pressure medication
  • Insulin
  • Prescription drug
  • Denture needs
  • Contact lenses and supplies
  • Extra eye glasses
  • Entertainment – games and books
  • Important Family Documents (keep these records in a waterproof, portable container)
    • Will, insurance policies, contracts, deeds, stocks and bonds
    • Passports, social security cards, immunization records
    • Bank account numbers
    • Credit card account numbers and companies
    • Inventory of valuable household goods, important telephone numbers
    • Family records (birth, marriage, death certificates)

Suggestions and Reminders

  • Store your kit in a convenient place known to all family members
  • Keep a smaller version of the Disaster Supplies Kit in the trunk of your car
  • Keep items in air-tight plastic bags
  • Change your stored water supply every six months so it stays fresh
  • Rotate your stored food every six months
  • Review your kit and family needs at least once a year. Replace batteries, update clothes, etc.
  • Ask your physician or pharmacist about storing prescription medications
  • Create a list of “can’t live without” items that you would want to grab in a moments notice if you have to evacuate in a hurry. Each member of the family should be allowed a few items (keepsakes, photo albums, etc.) that will fit in the car with you.


  • Store one gallon of water per person per day (two quarts for drinking, two quarts for food preparation and sanitation)
  • Keep at least a three-day supply of water for each person in your household

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