Preparedness and response requires the department to prepare for many types of hazards. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention classifies hazards into several categories: Biological, Chemical, Radiation, Mass Casualties, and Natural Disasters and Severe Weather.
Aquatic Toxins can be health nuisances. They can cause breathing problems, and eye, nose and skin irritations. Your best plan of action is to stay away from these temporary, and naturally-occurring, blooms.
Extreme Heat often results in the highest number of annual deaths among all weather-related hazards. In most of the United States, extreme heat is defined as a long period (2 to 3 days) of high heat and humidity with temperatures above 90 degrees. In extreme heat, evaporation is slowed and the body must work extra hard to maintain a normal temperature. This can lead to death by overworking the human body.
Hepatitis A is caused by contagious virus that infects the liver, and can lead to serious liver problems. There is a vaccine that prevents the virus.
Measles is a highly contagious, vaccine-preventable disease.
Although it is usually considered a childhood disease, it can be contracted at any age.
Rip currents are narrow, channeled water currents flowing away from the shore at surf beaches. Learn how to identify and avoid rip currents.
Wildfires can occur anywhere and can destroy homes,
businesses, infrastructure, natural resources, and agriculture.
How to Prepare for a Wildfire explains how to protect yourself
and your property. Check out the Florida Forest Service Active Wildfire Points Dashboard for the current location of wildfires in the state.
Zika fever is a mild febrile illness caused by a mosquito-borne virus similar to those that cause dengue and West Nile virus infection. It has been identified in several countries in Central and South America, Mexico, and the Caribbean since 2015. Outbreaks have previously been reported in Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands. Local transmission has been reported in Puerto Rico, but not elsewhere in the United States. Cases of Zika fever have been reported in travelers returning to the United States.
Additional ResourcesFEMA Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment webpage provides information and resources for conducting a hazard identification and risk assessment.
Hurricane and Severe Weather Information has preparedness information for families, information on making a disaster preparedness kit, safety tips for home cleanup and repair, how to prepare you and your family before, during and after a storm and many other topics.