skip to content

It's a New Day in Public Health.

The Florida Department of Health works to protect, promote & improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county, & community efforts.

skip to content

Hurricane Information Fact Sheets

Contact the Florida Department of Health

For more information on severe weather, please visit our Hurricane and Sever Weather Information page.

Note:  All links on this page open up into new windows. All documents are pdf files and under 500kb. All audio files are zip. Some may require Adobe Reader. Download a free version of Adobe Reader. Some files on this page may require WinZip to open them. Download trial version of Winzip.

Messages from the Florida Department of Health

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning     Audio        Text Equivalent
Prevent Carbon Monoxide poisoning when using generators and gas or charcoal grills by taking the necessary precautions.

Heat Exhaustion     Audio        Text Equivalent
Avoid heat exhaustion when making repairs to your homes and businesses in the aftermath of a hurricane.

Prevent Illness     Audio        Text Equivalent
Prevent illness due to contaminated food and water as a result of power outages and flooding caused by a hurricane.

Hazards of Flood Waters     Audio        Text Equivalent
The hazards of flood waters can result in drowning, personal injury, and health risks if the necessary precautions are not taken.

Avoid Personal Injury     Audio        Text Equivalent
While making repairs to your homes and businesses, personal injury can be avoided by carefully handling power tools, ladders and working at heights.

Prevent Mosquito-borne Illnesses     Audio        Text Equivalent
To prevent mosquito-borne illnesses cover skin with clothing and repellant, and drain standing water to stop mosquitoes from multiplying.

Information

After the Storm     English     Spanish     Creole     Russian     Ukrainian
Health risks and how you can prevent them.

Boil Water Notice  English     Spanish     Creole
The Florida Department of Health (DOH) is advising disaster victims to take precautions against contaminated water especially individuals with private wells.

Boil Water Notice Questions and Answers     English     Spanish     Creole
Includes the most commonly asked questions regarding Boil Water Advisories.

Carbon Monoxide Dangers     English     Spanish     Creole
As Floridians begin the task of recovery from a hurricane or tropical storm, the Florida Department of Health urges the public to avoid carbon monoxide (CO) exposure by taking precautions with gas-powered appliances and charcoal or gas grills.

Caution against Heat Exhaustion     English     Spanish     Creole
As Floridians begin the task of recovery from a hurricane or tropical storm, health officials ask individuals to be aware of the warning signs of heat exhaustion.

Disaster Preparation for Families with Children     English     Spanish     Creole
Children's fears can stem from their imaginations, and adults should take these feelings seriously.  Words and actions can provide reassurance to a child who feels afraid.  Discussion is critical.  When talking to your child, be sure to present a realistic picture that is both honest and manageable.

Florida Homeowner Handbook     English
Use this handbook to help prepare for a natural hazard and reduce the risks to your family and property.

Heart Attack Warning Signs     English     Spanish    Creole
When Floridians begin the task of recovery from a hurricane or tropical storm, health officials ask individuals, especially those exerting themselves by performing heavy physical activity, to be aware of the warning signs of heart attacks.

Making a Disaster Supply Kit     English     Spanish     Creole
A Disaster Supply Kit for your home, and for use during an evacuation, should include items in six basic areas: (1) water, (2) food, (3) first aid supplies and medications, (4) clothing and bedding, (5) tools and emergency supplies, and (6) important family documents.

Making a Family Plan for Disasters & Emergencies     English     Spanish     Creole
Prepare, plan and stay informed.

Mold in Water-Damaged Buildings     English     Spanish    Creole
As Floridians clean and repair their storm damaged homes and buildings, DOH urges the public to take precautionary measures to avoid indoor air quality problems. 

Mosquito-Borne Diseases - Precautionary Measures     English     Spanish    Creole
Florida Department of Health (DOH) officials emphasize the importance of Florida's residents and visitors protecting themselves against mosquito-borne diseases

Post Storm Health Risks    English     Spanish     Creole
Topics include food safety, sanitation and hygiene, power outages, and steps for clearing standing water.

Precautions for Food Safety     English      Spanish     Creole
Just remember, "When in doubt, throw it out!"

Risks to Water Supply Due to Storm     English     Spanish     Creole
Hurricanes, especially if accompanied by a tidal surge or flooding, can contaminate the public water supply.  Drinking contaminated water may cause illness.  Individuals cannot assume that the water in the hurricane-affected area is safe to drink.


For more state and federal information on emergency and disaster planning: www.floridadisaster.orghttp://www.redcross.org/http://www.ready.gov/http://www.fema.gov/ or call your local Red Cross office.