Every year we, as residents of St. Johns County, are reminded of the vulnerability of our coastal community to hurricanes. This fact becomes increasingly important as this County continues to grow and develop. You and your family need to know what to do and where to go should the threat of a hurricane (or any disaster) become real.
A lack of education and planning are the common links to all major disasters. By knowing your vulnerability and what actions should be taken, you can greatly reduce the effects of a hurricane disaster. You will be asked to evacuate if you live in coastal or low-lying areas that flood frequently or in manufactured homes. To be "Prepared" you should have a plan.
Have a Plan
A disaster can strike quickly and without warning. You can be forced to evacuate your neighborhood or be confined to your home. What will you do when disaster strikes? Where will your family be when disaster strikes? Are you prepared?
Begin by gathering some basic, yet vital information. Know if you live in an evacuation area or not. Know your home's vulnerability to storm surge, flooding, and wind. If you are asked to evacuate, where will you go? Know the evacuation routes you will take. Do you have a family member with Special Needs? Do you have pets? Does your plan include them?
Write a family plan based on this information. Families can cope with a disaster by preparing in advance. Knowing what to do in the event of a disaster is your best protection.
Family Communications Plan for Kids
Do you know how to get in touch with your family?
Family Communications Plan for Parents
Does your family know how to get in touch with each other
Get a Plan
Make a Disaster Preparedness Plan
Ready.gov - Business
Provides Information for Planning and Protecting your Business
Florida Disaster Business Planning
Planning for your Business
St. Johns County Department of Emergency Management
The St. Johns County Department of Emergency Management is responsible for the Disaster Preparedness of our County and the Evacuation Assistance Program for our citizens who need assistance in the event of an evacuation. In the event of an actual emergency situation, your knowledge of what to do will be of great benefit to you and your family. For more information regarding emergency management in St. Johns County, please visit https://www.sjcemergencymanagement.com or call (904) 824-5550.
Attorney General Price Gouging Hotline
Non-Emergency Sheriff's Office
Special Needs Shelter Registration Required: Pre-Registration
Florida's 2-1-1 Help Line
Florida Emergency Information Line
FEMA Disaster Assistance
State Volunteer and Donations
American Red Cross
St. Johns County Building Services Structural Hotline (904) 827-6836
The Official Hurricane Guide for St. Johns County
Know Your Evacuation Zone - Click Here
About Business Continuity & Recovery
The St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce assists Chamber members during emergencies in St. Johns County. Follow the Chamber on Facebook, reach out to us directly at 904-829-5681, email Scott Maynard at Scott.Maynard@sjcchamber.com, or email Jamie Johnson at Jamie.Johnson@sjcchamber.com. The St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce stands ready to assist you in any way that we can.
For those that will need professional services to help you get back on your feet, we've created this quick guide to reach those professionals that may be able to help during your recovery. If you need a specific service not listed in the guide you can search our member directory.