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Emergency Information

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The Florida Department of Health supports local and state responses to public health needs resulting from hurricanes, tropical storms, and other severe weather conditions.

Be Prepared Before the Storm

Remember that severe weather can impact your access to power and water. Driving might not be possible after the storm - your car might be damaged and roads may be flooded or blocked.

  • Prepare any supplies you may need to keep your loved ones safe and healthy before and after the storm. 
  • Listen to local authorities regarding evacuations. Don’t return home until local officials notify you it’s safe to do so.
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State Assistance Information Line

The State Assistance Information Line at 800-342-3557 can provide an additional resource for those in Florida to receive accurate and up-to-date information regarding an emergencies.


During an emergency, the hotline is operational daily at set hours depending on the severity of the event.

Be sure to stay updated on what your local officials and visit the during an emergency event.

Emergency Orders

Know Where to Find Shelter

The time may arise when you may need to evacuate your home to go to a safe location. In certain situations, it may be safest for you to evacuate to a shelter. The Florida Division of Emergency Management maintains a list of open shelters:

Special Needs Shelters

If you have a disability or a special need such as a medical condition, it’s vital that you register with your local emergency management office. All emergency management offices maintain a list of people within the community who have disabilities or special needs so they can be assisted quickly during an emergency. 

If you are eligible for a special needs shelter, your kit should include:

  • List of medications and dosage and a 30-day supply of medications.
  • Vital medical equipment for those who may be electrically or oxygen dependent.
  • Backup energy sources (such as batteries) for essential medical equipment.
  • Special dietary needs or food, if needed.
  • Personal information including a photo ID, insurance card, emergency contacts and your primary care provider's contact information. 

Boil Water Notices

Know when water is safe to use:

Early Prescription Refills Permitted Under State of Emergency

This notice is a reminder that all health insurers, managed care organizations, and other health entities must comply with provisions of section 252.358, Florida Statutes, which allows early prescription refills in the event the Governor issues an Executive Order declaring a State of Emergency. This mandate remains in effect until the Governor’s Executive Order is rescinded or expires.

Prescription Information

Under a State of Emergency, a pharmacist may be able to refill prescriptions early. In accordance with section 465.0275, F.S., pharmacists may dispense up to a 30-day supply of maintenance medication for a chronic condition. However, a 30-day prescription for a medicinal drug listed in Schedule II appearing in chapter 893 is not permitted under section 465.0275, F.S. 

In the event a pharmacist receives a request for a prescription refill and are unable to obtain refill authorization from the prescriber, the pharmacist may dispense a one-time emergency refill of up to a 72-hour supply of the prescribed medication; or a one-time emergency refill of one vial of insulin to treat diabetes mellitus, irrespective of the issuance of an executive order.


Emergency Information Factsheets


Stay Safe After the Storm

The storm might be over, but that doesn’t mean the danger is. Keep your loved ones safe after the storm by following the safety tips below.

Health Care Provider Resources

Emergency Orders

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