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Hurricane/Tropical Storm/Severe Weather–Emergency Information

Contact: Florida Health



The Florida Department of Health is working to support local and state response to public health needs resulting from hurricanes, tropical storms, and other severe weather conditions.

Be prepared before the storm hits. Remember that a hurricane could cut off your power and water supply. Driving might not be possible after the storm—your car might be damaged and roads may be flooded or blocked.


State Assistance Information Line

The State Assistance Information Line (SAIL) is a toll-free hotline activated at the time of an emergency to provide an additional resource for those in Florida to receive accurate and up-to-date information regarding an emergency or disaster situation impacting Florida.

The SAIL hotline is: 800-342-3557.

During an emergency, the SAIL hotline is operational daily at set hours depending on the severity of the event. Please stay tuned to your local officials and/or log on to the during an emergency event for exact hours of operation.


Know Where to Find Shelter

The time may arise when you may need to evacuate your home to go to a safer place. In certain situations, it may be safest for you to evacuate to a more secure location like a shelter. The Florida Division of Emergency Management maintains a list of open shelters on their website:

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. The Florida Division of Emergency Management maintains a list of open shelters on their website:

If you are eligible for a special needs shelter your kit should include the following: a list of medications and dosage, a 30-day supply of medications, vital medical equipment for those who may be electrically or oxygen dependent, backup energy sources for essential medical equipment, any special dietary needs or food, and personal information including a photo ID, insurance card, emergency contacts and your primary care providers contact information. 


Boil Water Notices

Know when water is safe to drink is key to staying safe. For a list of locations under a boil water notice go to the following pages.


Prescription Information

Under a State of Emergency, a pharmacist, in his or her professional judgment, 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. You may read the full statute at:

In the event a pharmacist receives a request for a prescription refill and the pharmacist is unable to readily 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.

Read more: Florida Board of Pharmacy—On Saturday, July 3, 2021, Governor Ron DeSantis declared a State of Emergency to prepare for Tropical Storm Elsa.


Stay Connected

You can get helpful information from FDOH’s official social media accounts. One of the fastest ways to receive accurate health-related information is to monitor @HealthyFla on Twitter and on Facebook.




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


DOH Emergency Order