Florida is in the midst of its hurricane season, which started June 1 and ends Nov. 30.
After assessing damages done from hurricanes in the past few years, Floridians are encouraged to have at least seven days of supplies, including food, water, medicine and batteries, according to the Florida Division of Emergency Management website.
Every family and business is advised to stock up adequately and to prepare to face the season.
The Emergency Management group offers affordable disaster prep tips such as picking up at least one nonperishable food item on every grocery trip to build a disaster supply kit over time.
Items can include, but are not limited to: canned fruits, vegetables and meats; bottled water; nonperishable pasteurized milk; protein or fruit bars; dry cereal or granola; and peanut butter.
Visit FloridaDisaster.org/kit to download and print a checklist that covers first aid, documents, food and water, pet care items, clothing, phone numbers, vehicles, and general items such as medications, cash, cellphone chargers, and books and games for children.
For business owners who want to ensure their ability to continue business after a disaster, visit FloridaDisaster.org/business/planning-for-businesses/, to start planning.
Published July 19, 2023