Hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30. Follow these key steps to be sure you, your family and your business are ready in the event a destructive storm heads for our shores.
MAKE A PLAN
Where will you go? What evacuation route will you take? What supplies, medications, and documents will you need? It's important to sort all of these details out well before a storm approaches. Create a plan for you, your family and your business. Helpful tools, including a checklist to guide you through the process, can be found on the Florida Division of Emergency Management's website: http://www.floridadisaster.org/family/. For a list of shelters and evacuation routes in Brevard County visit: http://www.brevardcounty.us/EmergencyManagement/Preparedness/Shelters.
BUILD A KIT
Your kit should contain enough food, water and medications to support yourself and your family for at least 3 days. If you have pets, include supplies for their needs as well.
Information is critical before, during and after a disaster or emergency. Residents and businesses in Melbourne and Brevard County can access several resources to help you get the information you need:
Brevard County Emergency Management
The Brevard County Office of Emergency Management provides communication and coordination of emergency services before and after a disaster. Emergency Management also provides education on how to prepare for and reduce the effects of disasters.
- Follow @BrevardEOC on Twitter, "Brevard County Emergency Management" on Facebook, or sign up for text messages by texting "Follow BrevardEOC" to 40404).
- Brevard County residents and visitors can also sign up for weather alert notifications. Users will be alerted to watches and warnings that are near their address and any countywide alert that is sent by the National Weather Service.
Click here for more information & to sign up.
City of Melbourne Alerts
Melbourne residents, businesses and all City of Melbourne utility customers are encouraged to sign up to receive emergency notices, including boil water notices, via phone, cell phone, text, and/or e-mail via the CodeRED system.
- For more information & to sign up for CodeRED:http://www.melbourneflorida.org/news/callout.htm
- If you cannot register online, call the City's Environmental Community Outreach Division at 321-608-5080 to speak to someone who can assist you.
2-1-1 Brevard provides information and assistance in times of emotional, financial and community crisis day-to-day and before, during and after a disaster. 2-1-1 is an easy-to-remember number and provides access to trained specialists around the clock – 24-hours a day, 365 days a year.
MPD Radio Broadcasts: 1650 AM
The Melbourne Police Department uses this radio station during emergencies to deliver current information and updates.
OTHER HELPFUL RESOURCESReady.gov
Federal website providing helpful information about hurricanes and what do to before during and after a storm.
National Hurricane Center
National site providing storm tracking & forecasts.
Florida Division of Emergency Management
State agency that plans for and responds to both natural and man-made disasters.
Brevard County Emergency Preparedness Guide
This helpful guide includes information about Brevard County evacuation routes, shelters, and important phone numbers.